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Trade and Tax - the new baseball problem

Posted by mikelink45 , 20 March 2018 · 1,063 views

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Trade and Tax - the new baseball problem Decades ago I worked as a tax accountant for Honeywell and National Car Rental Corporation. Taxes are complicated and state and federal laws impacted the businesses and decisions.

Baseball is an interstate commerce and has had many laws passed to protect the teams. Now the new tax law creates another obstacle with unexpected consequences that could play into the teams ability to trade and move players. As we look at the Twins and their prospects we often think of assets that can be acquired. Read the following quote from the New York Times and you will see that things have gotten more complicated for everyone.

"WASHINGTON — As President Trump congratulated the World Series champion Houston Astros at a White House ceremony last week, he also heaped praise on himself and congressional Republicans for passing a sweeping tax cut last year. He hailed Representative Kevin Brady of Texas, the House’s chief tax writer and an Astros superfan, as “the king of those tax cuts.”
What he did not mention is that the new tax law Mr. Brady helped draft, and which Mr. Trump signed, levies a large new tax on the Astros, and similar franchises across professional sports.
The law changed a corner of the tax code that mostly applies to farmers, manufacturers and other businesses that until recently could swap certain assets like trucks and machinery tax-free. But by adding a single word to the newly written tax code — “real” — the law now allows only real estate swaps to qualify for that special treatment.
That change is meant to capture more federal revenue, in order to partly offset reductions in business and personal income tax rates. It forces manufacturers, farmers and others to pay more in capital gains taxes, if they trade an asset for something more valuable. The Joint Committee on Taxation estimates the change will raise $31 billion over the next decade.
It also means that the Astros and other sports franchises could now face capital gains taxes every time they exchange or trade their highly paid players."

There is more to this, but this gives you an idea of what could happen and how confused GMS must be at this time.

http://mlb.nbcsports...ct-mlb-trades/

http://www.businessi...s-harder-2018-3




the owners will need to pay more to their accountants and lobbyists to deal with this, and will have nothing left over to pay their minor league players a living wage.

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diehardtwinsfan
Mar 21 2018 06:08 AM

 

I would like to know how they place value on players being traded. One could argue that the prospect received is worth more (or less) than the 10M contract a team offloaded. That's a very subjective analysis, as I'm guessing an IRS auditor won't be using fangraphs asset values.

 

I would like to know how they place value on players being traded. One could argue that the prospect received is worth more (or less) than the 10M contract a team offloaded. That's a very subjective analysis, as I'm guessing an IRS auditor won't be using fangraphs asset values.

And there will be no more contract dumps here or in the NBA until something changes

 

the owners will need to pay more to their accountants and lobbyists to deal with this, and will have nothing left over to pay their minor league players a living wage.

 

More lawyers!This will really challenge team strategies.  

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twinssporto
Mar 21 2018 04:43 PM

Awesome blog.  Thanks Mike!  

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