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Lawmaker Says No Tax Break for Sports Fines

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WASHINGTON — A California lawmaker has introduced legislation designed to prevent sports owners from turning league fines into a business expense that can generate a tax break.

The legislation from Democratic Rep. Tony Cardenas follows the National Basketball Association’s $2.5 million fine and lifetime ban of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

The congressman’s staff member say they’re not aware of any specific team owners who have used their fines to generate a business-related tax deduction, but Cardenas wants to remove that possibility entirely. Cardenas said fines are meant to be a punishment, not a business expense.

Cardenas says it’s unacceptable that “multi-millionaire owners get a tax break for egregious behavior.”

The legislation would address any fines imposed after Dec. 31, 2013.

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