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Should Yankee Fan Be Taxed for Catching Derek Jeter's 3,000th Hit?

Sports 2011/07/12 21:16:05
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We thought it was a pretty remarkable gesture (though Donald Trump would disagree) when Christian Lopez, the 23-year-old man who caught Derek Jeter's landmark 3,000th hit, returned the ball to the Yankees shortstop. For nada.

Well, in return, the Yankees rewarded Lopez with $50,000 worth of compensation, including four season tickets for the sweetest seats in the park.

But that went sour when Lopez revealed he might be taxed for his reward.

I'm just waiting for the IRS phone call. I'm not going to let something like the IRS stand in my way from enjoying myself. For right now, I'm going to enjoy everything I can ... I don't have any regrets. The tickets were a great gesture by the Yankees. I'm positive they didn't think about the repercussions of it.

ABC News reports that Lopez currently owes about $150,000 in school loans. Taxes or no taxes, we're sure it won't take long for him to regret not holding onto the ball which could have fetched upwards of six figures.

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  • Marina 2011/08/22 22:18:13
    No
    Marina
    You earn $$$$ - they tax you. You spend $$$$ - they tax you. You save $$$$ - they tax you. You receive a gift - they tax you. You own & live in "your own" home - they tax you. You maintain/improve "your own" home - they tax you. You die - they tax you/your inheritors. ....ad infinitum..... Not saying anything about all the freebies they give those who pay NO taxes .... "they" = IRS & US government in general.
  • Art 2011/07/30 20:01:33
    No
    Art
    It figures that someone would want to tax an individual who was rewarded for a nice gesture showing he was part of history and that the ball o=would mean more to Jeter than it did to him. That the Yankee organization chose to reward him came as an unexpected surprise. I suppose a case could be made that contestants on game shows must pay taxes on anything they win then he should pay taxes on the gifts received from the Yankees. But, that doesn't make it right by any stretch of the imagination.
  • nefertari 2011/07/28 00:49:23
    No
    nefertari
    Hell no...is Uncle sam dipping his hands into everything now so that the Kenyan can give it away to the lazy sob that doesn't want to work and just depending on a government check each month?
  • Joey 2011/07/27 21:44:04
    No
    Joey
    Congress or at least the ones that didn't get this are mad cause they are not getting the tickets. Next they will want to tax you for being a part of history. He didn't get any money so no tax. If he sold the tickets for the money that might be diff. but they are going way to far. Its so you cannot even sneeze without getting a tax or a fine of some kind.
  • Bomb a 2011/07/26 17:00:09
    No
    Bomb a
    +1
    It's a baseball! Only crazy people would want it. There are an abundance of them in NYC, however.
  • jifgirl 2011/07/26 16:32:01
    No
    jifgirl
    everyone catches hits!!! its a free country!!!
  • Tori 2011/07/23 01:46:11
    No
    Tori
    Let me give you money for something that fell out of the sky and landed in my hands!
  • niki 2011/07/22 19:55:19
    No
    niki
    NO why should she i just don't get it
  • Andrew 2011/07/21 20:05:59
    No
    Andrew
    Is this Obama's plan, to tax people who catch a baseball?
  • niki Andrew 2011/07/22 19:56:34
    niki
    He thinks people are against him just because he is black no one cares we don't like him because he is not the best president
  • popeye 2011/07/20 22:28:51
    Yes
    popeye
    Under current IRS policy . That is why we should have a flat tax. When you spend the money you pay.
  • niki popeye 2011/07/22 19:57:43
    niki
    look at your comment and see if it makes sense
  • popeye niki 2011/10/14 17:44:35
    popeye
    +1
    Under current IRS rules it will be tax at the "Fair Market Value". The Flat tax they would be taxed only if they receive money and they only when they spend it.
  • wayne fester 2011/07/19 21:31:33
    No
    wayne fester
    No
  • jenna.devore 2011/07/19 11:06:12
    No
    jenna.devore
    It was a gift so why in the world should he be taxed he gave the ball back which is KUDOS to him and he was offered the opportunity AS A GIFT to get 4 season tickets to see the Yankees play.. COME ON the government loves to squeeze us! And in regards to the compensation I think that the money was as well a gift and does not need to be taxed if he were on a game show I understand but this is something that the Yankees did on their own free will... Isn't this a FREE COUNTRY ANY MORE?? DOES EVERY GOD DARN THING HAVE TO BE TAXED.. next they will tax roaches for living in buildings... LOL
  • nicole 2011/07/19 02:47:29
    No
    nicole
    If ot flew into the stands than no but if he did it on propse than yes
  • myfoxmystere 2011/07/18 23:14:54
    No
    myfoxmystere
    HEY IRS: KEEP YOUR GRUBBY PAWS OUT OF HIS WALLET!
  • jeremy kuhne 2011/07/18 18:08:01
  • Tin Man 2011/07/18 18:06:18
    No
    Tin Man
    Cuddos to Lopez for returning the ball to Jeter, what a grand gesture, I'm sure that ball means a lot to Jeter. Perhaps in the same spirit Jeter will be able to help Lopez out. I'd hate to think the IRS could be an instrument in this case of the old adage: No good deed goes unpunished.
  • abby 2011/07/18 17:31:46
    Yes
    abby
    just kidding :)
  • ashgameover 2011/07/18 12:56:10
    No
    ashgameover
    It should be considered a gift and not income.
  • Richard 2011/07/18 07:01:56
    No
    Richard
    THINKING IS ONE THING NO ONE HAS EVER BEEN ABLE TO TAX! (CHARLES F. KETTERING)
  • Grandpa 2011/07/18 03:20:34
    No
    Grandpa
    It not enough to make up for OBAMI's wasteful spending >> So let it go
  • popeye Grandpa 2011/07/30 12:49:13
    popeye
    You needto correct the spelling it is spelled BUSH
  • Grandpa popeye 2011/07/31 13:26:40
    Grandpa
    +1
    YOU NEEDED TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL >> YOUR BUDDY OWNS THIS NOT BUSH >> THAT WHY WE ARE 14.5 TRILLION IN DEBT >>> AND HE WANTS THE GOVERMENT TO SUPPORT ALL YOU DEAD BEATS WHO LIVE OFF THE GOVERMENT >> WE THE PEOPLE CAN'T AFFORD YOU
  • popeye Grandpa 2011/08/05 21:44:52
    popeye
    Yea sure blame it on OBAN. if that makes you feel better.
  • Grandpa popeye 2011/08/06 12:29:35
    Grandpa
    If the truth hurts GOOD .. Then maybe YOU weill grow up and join us in the real world
  • sootsme 2011/07/17 20:07:34
    No
    sootsme
    Not just "no", HELL NO!
  • ajracestables1 2011/07/17 18:19:19
    No
    ajracestables1
    We need to vote these people right out of our pockets!
  • Noodles5455 2011/07/17 16:05:09
    No
    Noodles5455
    This shouldn't even be a question!
  • Joe 2011/07/17 12:09:45
  • JK 2011/07/17 09:14:09
    No
    JK
    Even if he accepted the seats, it should be listed under gift and should not be taxed. What the f***? Next they'll be taxing us for farting... or do they do that already? Is there anything left to be taxed? You owe the government upwards $40,000 when you are born, taxed when you get married, divorce, when you get a job and when you die!!!
  • Art 2011/07/17 02:16:02
    No
    Art
    +1
    The IRS is out of control!
  • ditsygirl 2011/07/17 00:27:58
    No
    ditsygirl
    +1
    seriously? tax him for that? next they will tax everyone for taking a crap.
  • Sunny 2011/07/16 17:51:06
    No
    Sunny
    +1
    Good old Uncle Sam at work again!!!
  • jake 2011/07/16 14:04:52
    No
    jake
    +1
    Heck no that is is just stupid.Why would he be taxed thats just really dumb!
  • Ramon 2011/07/16 09:32:06
  • goalie10 2011/07/16 00:43:29
    No
    goalie10
    +1
    He caught a ball, gave it back, and got a reward for giving it back. Why sue?!?!
  • TyroneLengert 2011/07/15 23:24:02
    No
    TyroneLengert
    +2
    Uh, why taxed? What the hell is wrong with the corrupted bureaucrats? They ARE greedy and hypocritical for claiming that the rich are corrupt, when they themselves are. Then they snatch money off of a citizen because... of what?
  • Zozo 2011/07/15 22:13:39
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