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Phelps Will Owe $55K In Taxes On Rio Medals

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Michael Phelps is taking home five golds and one silver from the Rio Games, along with a hefty tax bill. The US Olympic Committee awards $25,000 for each gold medal, $15,000 for silver, and $10,000 for bronze—and the IRS then takes its cut. Depending on their tax brackets, athletes owe up for $9,900 per gold, $5,940 for silver, and $3,960 per bronze, reports USA Today.

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It figures Phelps will owe about $55,000, though his net worth of $55 million means it probably won’t pinch much. That’s not as true for lesser-known athletes, and CNN Money reports that legislation is in the works in both the House and Senate to make the winnings tax-exempt.

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