More than a year ago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that student-athletes can be compensated for the use of their names, images, or likenesses (NIL). Now, a new bipartisan bill would eliminate a tax incentive for contributions to tax-exempt affiliates of colleges and universities. Since the ruling, groups of college boosters (third-party entities that promote a program’s interests) have formed what are known as NIL collectives. Sen. John Thune (R-SD) and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) recently introduced the Athlete Opportunity and Taxpayer Integrity Act, which would bar individuals and organizations from claiming tax deductions for donations used by collectives for NIL payouts to student-athletes.
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