AFL players hit with Kiwi tax bills due to status as “entertainers”.
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AFL players from Sydney, St. Kilda and Brisbane have been hit by bills from the New Zealand tax department after the players were asked to pay taxes for playing in Wellington on ANZAC Day.
The New Zealand Inland Revenue Department said the players were classified as “entertainers” and therefore should pay a tax fee.
The Herald Sun reports that one bill for a single match was $1200.
The AFL brought in accounting firm KPMG to help sort out the issue and ensure the players were not left out of pocket.
A deal was then agreed upon by the AFL, KPMG and tax authorities from both nations has seen all players reimbursed with tax credits in Australia equal to the New Zealand fee.
St. Kilda hosted the Swans at Westpac Stadium in Wellington in an AFL-first last season and the Brisbane Lions in Round 6 in 2014.
The Saints are contracted to host a game in Wellington until 2018 and is believed to make as much as $500,000 a game from its New Zealand partnership.