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(Mother Jones)   You might want to sit down for this one, but a Republican, from Oklahoma is suggesting we eliminate the NFL's tax exempt status   (motherjones.com) divider line 78
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2014-02-02 03:12:33 PM  
Well, Oklahoma doesn't need pro football anyway, so why not?
 
2014-02-02 04:14:54 PM  
i970.photobucket.com
 
2014-02-02 04:45:46 PM  
Someone should tell him these blue & orange Broncos aren't the ones that beat the Sooners in the Fiesta Bowl.
 
2014-02-02 04:49:07 PM  
Ugh, this again?  The actual NFL teams aren't tax exempt, just the league office, which is a non-profit organization.  The league office doesn't generate revenue in and of itself, and the salaries paid to the officers are taxed just like any other income.
 
2014-02-02 05:06:16 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: Ugh, this again?  The actual NFL teams aren't tax exempt, just the league office, which is a non-profit organization.  The league office doesn't generate revenue in and of itself, and the salaries paid to the officers are taxed just like any other income.


Hmm, so I guess the League office makes no money from charging $23 admission to its Hall of Fame. Also, the NBA and MLB are not tax exempt.  http://www.profootballhof.com/hall/admission_rates.aspx
 
2014-02-02 05:35:09 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: Ugh, this again?  The actual NFL teams aren't tax exempt, just the league office, which is a non-profit organization.  The league office doesn't generate revenue in and of itself, and the salaries paid to the officers are taxed just like any other income.


According to TFA:

the league office's 2011 revenues still add up to a staggering $255 million

Am I missing something?
 
2014-02-02 05:36:58 PM  

fusillade762: TuteTibiImperes: Ugh, this again?  The actual NFL teams aren't tax exempt, just the league office, which is a non-profit organization.  The league office doesn't generate revenue in and of itself, and the salaries paid to the officers are taxed just like any other income.

According to TFA:

the league office's 2011 revenues still add up to a staggering $255 million

Am I missing something?


Revenues aren't the same as profits, though. I guess it all depends on where that money goes.
 
2014-02-02 05:59:19 PM  

QU!RK1019: Someone should tell him these blue & orange Broncos aren't the ones that beat the Sooners in the Fiesta Bowl.


I think Coburn is more of an oSu aggie.........
 
2014-02-02 06:02:55 PM  

mikemoto: TuteTibiImperes: Ugh, this again?  The actual NFL teams aren't tax exempt, just the league office, which is a non-profit organization.  The league office doesn't generate revenue in and of itself, and the salaries paid to the officers are taxed just like any other income.

Hmm, so I guess the League office makes no money from charging $23 admission to its Hall of Fame. Also, the NBA and MLB are not tax exempt.  http://www.profootballhof.com/hall/admission_rates.aspx


According to this it's a 501(c) non-profit, so the admission fees likely go to upkeep, museum staff wages, promotional costs, and other general overhead.  It also mentions it's a separate entity from the NFL.
 
2014-02-02 06:04:01 PM  
Oh and since I probably won't be venturing into any other sports related threads today...

i60.tinypic.com
 
2014-02-02 06:20:33 PM  

twistedmetal: QU!RK1019: Someone should tell him these blue & orange Broncos aren't the ones that beat the Sooners in the Fiesta Bowl.

I think Coburn is more of an oSu aggie.........


Oh no... second best team in the state, second best Cowboys in the nation.
 
2014-02-02 06:24:52 PM  
I don't know enough about how the league is structured to really have an opinion either way, but it seems like the NFL as a whole is structured with a bunch of for-profits underneath the league office non-profit, which makes it seem pretty shady (if that's how it works). Goodell can levy fines on players and teams and muck about with the rules, so it's not like it's truly some outside promotion agency. It is the league.
 
2014-02-02 06:25:31 PM  
... Why is it tax excempt anyway?
 
2014-02-02 06:27:12 PM  

simplicimus: Well, Oklahoma doesn't need pro football anyway, so why not?


yeah..   call me when someone from OK wants to pay NCAA players what they are worth......
 
2014-02-02 06:27:37 PM  
Good.
 
2014-02-02 06:29:09 PM  
NFL Tax Exempt Status Means They Pay More Taxes


Hell, I'm not even a football fan and I knew that.
 
2014-02-02 06:32:06 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: Ugh, this again?  The actual NFL teams aren't tax exempt, just the league office, which is a non-profit organization.  The league office doesn't generate revenue in and of itself, and the salaries paid to the officers are taxed just like any other income.


this made me laugh.

/then cry
//boomer
 
2014-02-02 06:35:34 PM  

fusillade762: TuteTibiImperes: Ugh, this again?  The actual NFL teams aren't tax exempt, just the league office, which is a non-profit organization.  The league office doesn't generate revenue in and of itself, and the salaries paid to the officers are taxed just like any other income.

According to TFA:

the league office's 2011 revenues still add up to a staggering $255 million

Am I missing something?


It's not illegal for a non-profit to run a surplus. But, being a non-profit, the league is legally prohibited from distributing surpluses to internal parties -- that means no internal stakeholders in the NFL can profit from its success. That's what being a non-profit is all about. Besides, revenues the league generates above expenses and maintaining its operating reserve are distributed externally to the teams. And, since the teams are for-profit enterprises *that* money *is* taxed.

Seriously, the argument to force the NFL to lose it's non-profit status is at best a whole lot of nothing. Even if the NFL were forced to call itself a for profit enterprise, it's unlikely the league pays any taxes. It'll just keep sending any surplus money to the teams and keep claiming a big fat 0 on it's own tax bill.
 
2014-02-02 06:38:34 PM  

Smoking GNU: ... Why is it tax excempt anyway?


Essentially, back in the 60's Congress allowed the NFL to not only negotiate TV contracts as a whole league (rather than letting individual teams cut their own deals, but later passed a law that specifically said that if any two football leagues merged, they could act as a monopoly when it came to TV rights. In addition to this, someone tossed in a "nonprofit lol" clause into the bill at some point, and here we are.

They did this because the NFL agreed not to schedule games on Friday nights and Saturdays, to avoid competition with high school and college football.
 
2014-02-02 07:51:12 PM  
How about a law that gets rid of taxpayer subsidies for the non stop parade of new NFL stadiums? Or at the very least require an INDEPENDENT economic analysis of the touted benefits including why the current subsidized stadium suddenly needs to be replaced and whose fault is it that it wasn't maintained properly.
 
2014-02-02 07:51:45 PM  
9 BILLION and no taxes??    now i know this Nation is screwed up.   lol
 
2014-02-02 07:54:17 PM  

Smoking GNU: ... Why is it tax excempt anyway?



cause America is #1.    lol
 
2014-02-02 07:56:23 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: Ugh, this again?  The actual NFL teams aren't tax exempt, just the league office, which is a non-profit organization.  The league office doesn't generate revenue in and of itself, and the salaries paid to the officers are taxed just like any other income.



yea, the National Football League Office is not interested in Profits.    good one.  next, you'll be telling me Republicans love their Country.    lol
 
2014-02-02 08:02:18 PM  
What the actual fark, Denver?
 
2014-02-02 08:03:02 PM  
Urgh, wrong thread.
 
2014-02-02 08:07:13 PM  

Linux_Yes: TuteTibiImperes: Ugh, this again?  The actual NFL teams aren't tax exempt, just the league office, which is a non-profit organization.  The league office doesn't generate revenue in and of itself, and the salaries paid to the officers are taxed just like any other income.


yea, the National Football League Office is not interested in Profits.    good one.  next, you'll be telling me Republicans love their Country.    lol


The NFL isn't interested in earning profits, it is interested in increasing the profits of the 32 member teams which are taxable entities..

Linux_Yes: 9 BILLION and no taxes??    now i know this Nation is screwed up.   lol


Virtually all of which was paid to the teams, which are for profit entities and pay taxes on it.
 
2014-02-02 08:08:42 PM  

Linux_Yes: 9 BILLION and no taxes??    now i know this Nation is screwed up.   lol


Linux_Yes: TuteTibiImperes: Ugh, this again?  The actual NFL teams aren't tax exempt, just the league office, which is a non-profit organization.  The league office doesn't generate revenue in and of itself, and the salaries paid to the officers are taxed just like any other income.


yea, the National Football League Office is not interested in Profits.    good one.  next, you'll be telling me Republicans love their Country.    lol


The league office doesn't earn anywhere near $9 billion, that's the combined earnings of all of the teams, and that's all taxed already.  None of the NFL teams, which is where all of the money is made, are tax exempt.

The league office is interested in running a profitable league, but its efforts are in making the individual teams profitable, not the league office itself.  Goodell wants the teams to be profitable so that the owners are happy and he gets to keep his job where he earns a very nice living, but the NFL isn't like a corporation with a HQ and branch locations earning the money all going into the same pot - the teams are effectively independent entities, all of which are for-profit and taxed accordingly, with the league office just playing an organizational, logistical, and support role.
 
2014-02-02 08:15:57 PM  
 
2014-02-02 08:33:44 PM  

dywed88: Linux_Yes: TuteTibiImperes: Ugh, this again?  The actual NFL teams aren't tax exempt, just the league office, which is a non-profit organization.  The league office doesn't generate revenue in and of itself, and the salaries paid to the officers are taxed just like any other income.


yea, the National Football League Office is not interested in Profits.    good one.  next, you'll be telling me Republicans love their Country.    lol

The NFL isn't interested in earning profits, it is interested in increasing the profits of the 32 member teams which are taxable entities..

Linux_Yes: 9 BILLION and no taxes??    now i know this Nation is screwed up.   lol

Virtually all of which was paid to the teams, which are for profit entities and pay taxes on it.



all, except, perhaps, a billion or so??   it still stinks to high heaven.  sounds like a racket.
 
2014-02-02 08:34:48 PM  
Tax and spend conservatives.
 
2014-02-02 08:41:03 PM  

Linux_Yes: dywed88: Linux_Yes: TuteTibiImperes: Ugh, this again?  The actual NFL teams aren't tax exempt, just the league office, which is a non-profit organization.  The league office doesn't generate revenue in and of itself, and the salaries paid to the officers are taxed just like any other income.


yea, the National Football League Office is not interested in Profits.    good one.  next, you'll be telling me Republicans love their Country.    lol

The NFL isn't interested in earning profits, it is interested in increasing the profits of the 32 member teams which are taxable entities..

Linux_Yes: 9 BILLION and no taxes??    now i know this Nation is screwed up.   lol

Virtually all of which was paid to the teams, which are for profit entities and pay taxes on it.


all, except, perhaps, a billion or so??   it still stinks to high heaven.  sounds like a racket.


What part of it stinks? Most of the money ends up being taxed and no one inside the NFL's head office makes money when the league runs a surplus -- they aren't allowed to, that's what being a non-profit means.
 
2014-02-02 08:41:35 PM  
I wonder why the Super Bowl is crammed full of Support the Troops America the Beautiful Remember the Heroes propaganda
 
2014-02-02 08:51:05 PM  

dywed88: Linux_Yes: TuteTibiImperes: Ugh, this again?  The actual NFL teams aren't tax exempt, just the league office, which is a non-profit organization.  The league office doesn't generate revenue in and of itself, and the salaries paid to the officers are taxed just like any other income.


yea, the National Football League Office is not interested in Profits.    good one.  next, you'll be telling me Republicans love their Country.    lol

The NFL isn't interested in earning profits, it is interested in increasing the profits of the 32 member teams which are taxable entities..

Linux_Yes: 9 BILLION and no taxes??    now i know this Nation is screwed up.   lol

Virtually all of which was paid to the teams, which are for profit entities and pay taxes on it.


tell the two senators who are sponsoring a bill to change it.  personally, to you, nice try.
 
2014-02-02 08:52:10 PM  

TeamEd: Linux_Yes: dywed88: Linux_Yes: TuteTibiImperes: Ugh, this again?  The actual NFL teams aren't tax exempt, just the league office, which is a non-profit organization.  The league office doesn't generate revenue in and of itself, and the salaries paid to the officers are taxed just like any other income.


yea, the National Football League Office is not interested in Profits.    good one.  next, you'll be telling me Republicans love their Country.    lol

The NFL isn't interested in earning profits, it is interested in increasing the profits of the 32 member teams which are taxable entities..

Linux_Yes: 9 BILLION and no taxes??    now i know this Nation is screwed up.   lol

Virtually all of which was paid to the teams, which are for profit entities and pay taxes on it.


all, except, perhaps, a billion or so??   it still stinks to high heaven.  sounds like a racket.

What part of it stinks? Most of the money ends up being taxed and no one inside the NFL's head office makes money when the league runs a surplus -- they aren't allowed to, that's what being a non-profit means.



methinks you've been drinking the koolaide.  wake up, little suzie. smell the smelling salts......
 
2014-02-02 08:53:09 PM  

Kibbler: I wonder why the Super Bowl is crammed full of Support the Troops America the Beautiful Remember the Heroes propaganda



the Pentagon told them to.  the need more recruits.
 
2014-02-02 08:55:15 PM  

spelletrader: NFL Tax Exempt Status Means They Pay More Taxes


Hell, I'm not even a football fan and I knew that.


What a train wreck of a link that was.  At least ut claims they're not non-profit which I was going to point out that being non-profit doesn't mean people aren't getting rich.    "President Roger Goodell had reportable compensation of nearly thirty million."

Think about that for a minute.    I don't even know how to spend 30 million dollars, let alone if that were my annual salary.  Okay, let's hope the IRS takes their cut.

Then the weasel words like "superficially" and "I'm sure it's more complicated than that" come out.

and of course there's this gem:  "stripping all these exemptions could bring in $109 million in tax revenue over the next 10 years (which is to say, essentially nothing)."

Yeah, I tried that argument with the IRS.  I told them my taxes don't add up to shiat compared to the federal budget.  They told me my argument was invalid and told me to pay my farking taxes.

I've been considering incorporating myself as some sort of tax exempt organization benefiting only myself too.  Is that possible?  I just donate all my salary and wages to a charity which benefits only myself?
 
2014-02-02 08:58:48 PM  
its TRUE !!!


FREEDOM
is amazing.    only living in Freedom can you take in 9 Billion and not pay a dime in taxes!   lol
 
2014-02-02 09:03:04 PM  

Linux_Yes: TeamEd: Linux_Yes: dywed88: Linux_Yes: TuteTibiImperes: Ugh, this again?  The actual NFL teams aren't tax exempt, just the league office, which is a non-profit organization.  The league office doesn't generate revenue in and of itself, and the salaries paid to the officers are taxed just like any other income.


yea, the National Football League Office is not interested in Profits.    good one.  next, you'll be telling me Republicans love their Country.    lol

The NFL isn't interested in earning profits, it is interested in increasing the profits of the 32 member teams which are taxable entities..

Linux_Yes: 9 BILLION and no taxes??    now i know this Nation is screwed up.   lol

Virtually all of which was paid to the teams, which are for profit entities and pay taxes on it.


all, except, perhaps, a billion or so??   it still stinks to high heaven.  sounds like a racket.

What part of it stinks? Most of the money ends up being taxed and no one inside the NFL's head office makes money when the league runs a surplus -- they aren't allowed to, that's what being a non-profit means.


methinks you've been drinking the koolaide.  wake up, little suzie. smell the smelling salts......


So, what am I missing? The NFL is an umbrella organization for the teams.
It has no incentive to take a profit itself and it legally can't distribute surpluses internally, as it is currently organized.
Even if it were for-profit it would still hand it's surpluses to the teams and it would not pay taxes.
/ Oh, and it would still pay it's commissioner a ridiculous salary and he'd still pay taxes on that income.
 
2014-02-02 09:05:30 PM  
Reality shut this thread down in its tracks.


two Republicans are sponsoring bills to change it.  WOWWWW WEEE  WOWWWW!!     someone slipped LSD into my drink.  i don't know what to think. my brain is on overload.
 
2014-02-02 09:07:17 PM  

TeamEd: Linux_Yes: TeamEd: Linux_Yes: dywed88: Linux_Yes: TuteTibiImperes: Ugh, this again?  The actual NFL teams aren't tax exempt, just the league office, which is a non-profit organization.  The league office doesn't generate revenue in and of itself, and the salaries paid to the officers are taxed just like any other income.


yea, the National Football League Office is not interested in Profits.    good one.  next, you'll be telling me Republicans love their Country.    lol

The NFL isn't interested in earning profits, it is interested in increasing the profits of the 32 member teams which are taxable entities..

Linux_Yes: 9 BILLION and no taxes??    now i know this Nation is screwed up.   lol

Virtually all of which was paid to the teams, which are for profit entities and pay taxes on it.


all, except, perhaps, a billion or so??   it still stinks to high heaven.  sounds like a racket.

What part of it stinks? Most of the money ends up being taxed and no one inside the NFL's head office makes money when the league runs a surplus -- they aren't allowed to, that's what being a non-profit means.


methinks you've been drinking the koolaide.  wake up, little suzie. smell the smelling salts......

So, what am I missing? The NFL is an umbrella organization for the teams.
It has no incentive to take a profit itself and it legally can't distribute surpluses internally, as it is currently organized.
Even if it were for-profit it would still hand it's surpluses to the teams and it would not pay taxes.
/ Oh, and it would still pay it's commissioner a ridiculous salary and he'd still pay taxes on that income.



if what you are saying is true, then why are two separate republicans from two separate states sponsoring bills to change it???  i'm sure they had their tax lawyers look at it and found it to be the criminal shiat that it is.

wake up, little suzie.
 
2014-02-02 09:08:45 PM  

gfid: spelletrader: NFL Tax Exempt Status Means They Pay More Taxes


Hell, I'm not even a football fan and I knew that.

What a train wreck of a link that was.  At least ut claims they're not non-profit which I was going to point out that being non-profit doesn't mean people aren't getting rich.    "President Roger Goodell had reportable compensation of nearly thirty million."

Think about that for a minute.    I don't even know how to spend 30 million dollars, let alone if that were my annual salary.  Okay, let's hope the IRS takes their cut.

Then the weasel words like "superficially" and "I'm sure it's more complicated than that" come out.

and of course there's this gem:  "stripping all these exemptions could bring in $109 million in tax revenue over the next 10 years (which is to say, essentially nothing)."

Yeah, I tried that argument with the IRS.  I told them my taxes don't add up to shiat compared to the federal budget.  They told me my argument was invalid and told me to pay my farking taxes.

I've been considering incorporating myself as some sort of tax exempt organization benefiting only myself too.  Is that possible?  I just donate all my salary and wages to a charity which benefits only myself?


Don't like that link? Here's another.

Salary of their employees (including Goodall) is taxable income, just like any other non-profit organization. 

It matters very little to me, enjoy your outrage.
 
2014-02-02 09:08:53 PM  
Sure no problem, please take the church's with it.
 
2014-02-02 09:10:18 PM  

dywed88: Linux_Yes: TuteTibiImperes: Ugh, this again?  The actual NFL teams aren't tax exempt, just the league office, which is a non-profit organization.  The league office doesn't generate revenue in and of itself, and the salaries paid to the officers are taxed just like any other income.


yea, the National Football League Office is not interested in Profits.    good one.  next, you'll be telling me Republicans love their Country.    lol

The NFL isn't interested in earning profits, it is interested in increasing the profits of the 32 member teams which are taxable entities..

Linux_Yes: 9 BILLION and no taxes??    now i know this Nation is screwed up.   lol

Virtually all of which was paid to the teams, which are for profit entities and pay taxes on it.


Then the NFL won't mind becoming non-tax-exempt, since it won't matter anyway, right?
 
2014-02-02 09:12:23 PM  

Linux_Yes: TeamEd: Linux_Yes: TeamEd: Linux_Yes: dywed88: Linux_Yes: TuteTibiImperes: Ugh, this again?  The actual NFL teams aren't tax exempt, just the league office, which is a non-profit organization.  The league office doesn't generate revenue in and of itself, and the salaries paid to the officers are taxed just like any other income.


yea, the National Football League Office is not interested in Profits.    good one.  next, you'll be telling me Republicans love their Country.    lol

The NFL isn't interested in earning profits, it is interested in increasing the profits of the 32 member teams which are taxable entities..

Linux_Yes: 9 BILLION and no taxes??    now i know this Nation is screwed up.   lol

Virtually all of which was paid to the teams, which are for profit entities and pay taxes on it.


all, except, perhaps, a billion or so??   it still stinks to high heaven.  sounds like a racket.

What part of it stinks? Most of the money ends up being taxed and no one inside the NFL's head office makes money when the league runs a surplus -- they aren't allowed to, that's what being a non-profit means.


methinks you've been drinking the koolaide.  wake up, little suzie. smell the smelling salts......

So, what am I missing? The NFL is an umbrella organization for the teams.
It has no incentive to take a profit itself and it legally can't distribute surpluses internally, as it is currently organized.
Even if it were for-profit it would still hand it's surpluses to the teams and it would not pay taxes.
/ Oh, and it would still pay it's commissioner a ridiculous salary and he'd still pay taxes on that income.


if what you are saying is true, then why are two separate republicans from two separate states sponsoring bills to change it???  i'm sure they had their tax lawyers look at it and found it to be the criminal shiat that it is.

wake up, little suzie.


Right. Because republicans have never tried to rally support behind a good ol' windmill hunt.
 
2014-02-02 09:15:49 PM  
Jesus, someone at Fark throw me a bone!!   this is amazing sh*t!


http://money.msn.com/now/post--why-doesnt-the-nfl-pay-taxes
 
2014-02-02 09:16:01 PM  

gfid: spelletrader: NFL Tax Exempt Status Means They Pay More Taxes


Hell, I'm not even a football fan and I knew that.

What a train wreck of a link that was.  At least ut claims they're not non-profit which I was going to point out that being non-profit doesn't mean people aren't getting rich.    "President Roger Goodell had reportable compensation of nearly thirty million."

Think about that for a minute.    I don't even know how to spend 30 million dollars, let alone if that were my annual salary.  Okay, let's hope the IRS takes their cut.

Then the weasel words like "superficially" and "I'm sure it's more complicated than that" come out.

and of course there's this gem:  "stripping all these exemptions could bring in $109 million in tax revenue over the next 10 years (which is to say, essentially nothing)."

Yeah, I tried that argument with the IRS.  I told them my taxes don't add up to shiat compared to the federal budget.  They told me my argument was invalid and told me to pay my farking taxes.

I've been considering incorporating myself as some sort of tax exempt organization benefiting only myself too.  Is that possible?  I just donate all my salary and wages to a charity which benefits only myself?


The salaries of Goodell and the other employees of the NFL head office are taxed just like anyone else's salary.

The gist of that article is that the NFL league office loses money every year on paper, so even if they weren't categorized as a tax-exempt non-profit, they still wouldn't be paying any taxes.

If you ran a for-profit plumbing business and showed a net loss for the year (expenses greater than income) you wouldn't owe any taxes on the business either.

I think the confusion for a lot of people comes from the distinction between the NFL league office and the individual NFL teams.  The NFL does not own the individual teams.  The teams are all for-profit, and all pay taxes.  The NFL league office handles the TV and licensing revenue for the teams, but then disperses that money back out to the teams, where it's taxed normally.
 
2014-02-02 09:17:08 PM  
Goodell made ~30 million last year running a nonprofit.  Good work if you can get it.

Not sure what the lawmaker's party or state have to do with anything.  Is the headline sarcastic, i.e., is it obvious that an Oklahoma Republican would oppose nonprofit status, or is it serious and I'm supposed to be surprised?  I don't get how the tax status of the NFL would be partisan or regional.
 
2014-02-02 09:20:03 PM  

spelletrader: Don't like that link? Here's another.

  
Okay, you made me click - the same exact link you posted before.  It;s amazing how much NFL cock some people will suck.
 
2014-02-02 09:25:11 PM  

gfid: spelletrader: Don't like that link? Here's another.
  
Okay, you made me click - the same exact link you posted before.  It;s amazing how much NFL cock some people will suck.


It was a bad copy and paste, here's the correct link from Forbes.

If I find it written for a 5th grade reading level I will update you.
 
2014-02-02 09:27:27 PM  

Linux_Yes: Jesus, someone at Fark throw me a bone!!   this is amazing sh*t!


http://money.msn.com/now/post--why-doesnt-the-nfl-pay-taxes


Jesus. That article is awful, McDonald's is a terrible analogy.

McDonald's is a for profit company. It *takes* money from it's franchises and distributes the surplus to internal trustees. McDonald's is taxed on the profit.

The NFL is a non-profit. It makes money centrally -- from TV contracts, sponsorship and like deals -- and *gives* that money to its franchises, which are separate for-profit companies. The franchises are taxed on their profits. As a non-profit, no internal trustees in the NFL offices get a cut of any surpluses above their salaries.
 
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