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Jockeying for Money

The city of Cincinnati recently passed a “jock tax,” which requires professional athletes and entertainers visiting the city to pay employment taxes. And it’s making life at the Cintas Center more, um, taxing. Seems it’s up to management, namely Cintas director Phil Jones, to either collect the money or notify promoters of their responsibility to do so. The center only contracts directly with entertainers a few times a year, but when it does, it has to make sure the 2.1 percent city income tax is deducted from ticket sales and sent to the city before the professionals get their money. Lock your wallet, though, because it’s doubtful the money will come from the entertainers’ profits. The additional income is expected to come from—where else?—higher ticket prices.

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