Stephen Kidder Explains Why Houston Astro Players Are Paying $90,000 to Philadelphia

November 04, 2022

Steve Kidder talked with Anthony Wood of The Philadelphia Inquirer about why the Houston Astro players are paying an estimated $90,000 to Philadelphia’s Revenue Department. Kidder, a Partner at Hemenway & Barnes and a tax specialist representing the professional baseball, football, basketball and hockey players associations, said

“Philly was a “pioneer” in the pursuit of collecting taxes from visiting athletes. It was seen as an easy source of revenue from people who can’t vote against you. So why not. That said, visiting athletes, entertainers, and anyone else doing business in Philly should be paying the tax.”

In the article, Kidder provides a brief overview of how cities and states collect taxes from out-of-town players.

Read the full article here: Philadelphia has at least 90,000 reasons to love the Houston Astros: their wage-tax dollars

Hemenway & Barnes has successfully challenged the constitutionality of “Jock” taxes in jurisdictions around the country, including most recently Pittsburgh, Cleveland and the State of Tennessee. Read more

Stephen W. Kidder

Stephen W. Kidder concentrates his practice in the areas of taxation and professional fiduciary services.

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