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Fisk72
06-27-2003, 09:08 AM
The idiot should be arguing his case in the other states, not here. I hope he loses so the courts can hear some cases that actually are important! Here's the text for those who don't have an online Tribune account....



Sosa suit over taxes strikes out in court
Judge rules Cubs slugger not owed $38,000 in credits
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By Manya A. Brachear
Tribune staff reporter

June 27, 2003

Chicago Cubs slugger Sammy Sosa thinks Illinois owes him, but a Cook County judge Thursday disagreed.

Circuit Judge Thomas Chiola ruled that Illinois did not owe Sosa more than $38,000 in tax credits to offset the taxes he has paid to other states where the Cubs have played.

In a lawsuit Sosa filed against the state's Department of Revenue, Chiola ruled that Illinois had the right to collect taxes on 100 percent of the income of athletes who are Illinois residents and play for teams based in the state.

In 1998, Sosa paid a total of $65,316 in taxes to California, New York, Pennsylvania, Colorado and Missouri. Illinois charged Sosa $38,169 in income tax, which Sosa paid under protest, claiming Illinois was taxing income already taxed by other states.

Sosa's attorney Fred Marcus argued that Illinois was taxing athletes differently than other taxpayers engaged in interstate commerce.

An Illinois official said Sosa had picked the wrong target.

"His real complaint isn't with the state of Illinois," said Mike Klemens, a spokesman for the Department of Revenue.

Sosa should wage his complaint against the other five states that taxed him, Klemens said.

But Marcus said it's common practice for states to tax professional athletes who play on their turf based on the number of days they play in the state.

Sosa, the first player to challenge the Illinois statute, will appeal Thursday's ruling.

Marcus also represents former White Sox star Albert Belle, whose claim against Illinois for more than $90,000 is pending.

Sosa's is the test case that will probably determine how Belle's claim will be handled.

This isn't the first tax case involving a major-league baseball player that Chiola has refereed. In January, he ruled in favor of former White Sox pitcher Scott Radinsky, a California resident who the judge said should only have been taxed on money he made while playing in Illinois.


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