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SUPCO Hears Challenge Of "Jock Tax"


The Ohio Supreme Court Wednesday heard arguments about laws that tax professional athletes and entertainers who work for short periods of time in the state. At issue is an Ohio law that excludes entertainers or athletes from a ban on municipalities taxing people who perform services 12 or fewer days per year. Several professional sports leagues say the law is unconstitutional because it singles out pro athletes. Former Chicago Bears linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer also has sued over Cleveland's interpretation of the law, saying the city unfairly imposes a 2 percent income tax based on games played in the city as a percentage of total games played. Columbus is one of the Ohio cities that imposes the so-called "jock tax."