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December 09, 2014

Senator Targets Tax Breaks for Sports Leagues, Stars' Charities

A new report from Sen. Tom Coburn details nonprofit organizations the Oklahoma Republican says collect millions of dollars but do little to justify their freedom from taxation and calls for reforms to rein them in, Buzzfeed writes.

The study highlights the tax-exempt status of major sports leagues and associations such as the NFL and the PGA—past targets of Mr. Coburn's criticism—as well celebrity-led foundations that spent little on charitable donations, such as the now-defunct Kanye West Foundation; beauty pageants, shooting clubs, and lobbying groups that register as 501(c)(4) social-welfare organizations; and 501(c)(7) entities such as country clubs and alumni associations.

"Taxes should not be determined by who has access to the craftiest accountants, lobbyists, and politicians," the senator writes in the report, which calls for tax reform to rein in such groups.