Should Olympians Be Taxed for Winning?
Do you think Olympic champions should be taxed on their medals and prize earnings?
The Olympics are a celebration of athleticism and pride for your country. But when those Olympians return home to the U.S. with their medals, they can expect a little more than a congratulations from the IRS.
According to the Huffington Post, Olympians' medals and prize money are both subject to income tax.
A gold medal, which is worth $650, according to CNN, could cost athletes about $236 in taxes. While a bronze metal, which is worth $5, could only cost an athlete $2 in taxes
In addition, the U.S. Olympic Organizing Committee will award London champions $25,000 for a gold medal, $15,000 for silver and $10,000 for bringing home a bronze, Reuters reports.
Huffington Post reported that at a 35 percent income tax rate, bronze medalists will owe the IRS a total of $3,500, silver medalists will owe $5,250 and top finishers will be liable for $8,750.
Do you think Olympians should be taxed on their medals and prize money? Let us know what you think in the comments.