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Oklahoma City Thunder Players Must Play Two Home Games to Pay Taxes

by Chris Casteel Published: July 24, 2013

Oklahoma City Thunder players must devote a little more than two of their home-game paychecks to their state income tax bills, according to a Washington-based tax reform group.
Americans for Tax Reform compiled a chart of all the NBA teams showing combined local and state income tax rates and how many home game paychecks go to paying the income tax liabilities.
For the Thunder, the state income tax rate is 5.25 percent and players must devote 2.2 home game checks to pay the bill. California players had the biggest liabilities, while those in Texas, Florida and Tennessee _ which don’t have state income taxes _ have no liabilities.

State, Team(s), Combined State and Local Income Tax Rate, Home Games Played to Pay State Tax Liability

California
Clippers
Kings
Lakers
Warriors 13.3% 5.5 games

Oregon Trail Blazers 10.53% 4.3 games

Minnesota Timberwolves 9.85% 4 games

District of Columbia Wizards 8.95% 3.7 games

New York Knicks
Nets 8.82% 3.6 games
Ohio Cavaliers 7.93% 3.3 games
Wisconsin Bucks 7.75% 3.2 games
Pennsylvania 76ers 7.05% 2.9 games
Louisiana Pelicans 6% 2.5 games
Georgia Hawks 6% 2.5 games
North Carolina Bobcats 5.75% 2.4 games
Michigan Pistons 5.5% 2.3 games
Massachusetts Celtics 5.25% 2.2 games
Oklahoma Thunder 5.25% 2.2 games
Illinois Bulls 5% 2.1 games
Utah Jazz 5% 2.1 games
Colorado Nuggets 4.63% + $5.75 per month on income earned over $500 1.9 games
Arizona Suns 4.54% 1.8 games
Indiana Pacers 3.4% 1.4 games

Texas
Mavericks
Rockets
Spurs 0% 0 games

Florida
Heat
Magic 0% 0 games

Tennessee Grizzlies 0% 0 games


by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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