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Teed off: Golf star Phil Mickelson may bolt California over taxes
Fox ^ | 1.21.13 | Staff

Posted on 01/21/2013 10:11:39 AM PST by Baynative

For golf legend Phil Mickelson, the low 60s makes for a great score on the links — and a lousy tax rate in his home state of California.

Mickelson said “drastic changes” are ahead for him due to federal and California state tax increases that have pushed his tax rate to what he figures adds up to “62, 63 percent.” The left-hander will talk more about his plans — possibly moving out of California or even retiring altogether — before his hometown Farmers Insurance Open, the San Diego-area event that begins Thursday at Torrey Pines.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: california; golf; jerrybrown; mickelson; taxangeles; taxes

"If you add up all the federal and you look at the disability and the unemployment and the Social Security and the state, my tax rate's 62, 63 percent," Mickelson said. "So I've got to make some decisions on what I'm going to do."

Oh sure, California liberals will say good riddance and seek to charge him an exit tax. But they just don't realize that from corporations to citizens, they are driving out the best and the brightest.

1 posted on 01/21/2013 10:11:42 AM PST by Baynative
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To: Baynative

Going Galt, Depardieu style...!

GOOD FOR HIM...! ^_^


2 posted on 01/21/2013 10:14:43 AM PST by gaijin
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To: Baynative

Do golfers have to pay State income taxes on their winnings made while “working” in a given State?


3 posted on 01/21/2013 10:15:04 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: Baynative

How selfish and unpatriotic!


4 posted on 01/21/2013 10:15:04 AM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: jessduntno; onedoug; cincinnati65; PISANO; IonImplantGuru; Rummyfan; Aussie Dasher; 4woodenboats; ..

5 posted on 01/21/2013 10:15:15 AM PST by Baynative (Those that work for a living are now outnumbered by those that vote for a living.)
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To: Baynative

Does this mean “lefty” is a “righty?”


6 posted on 01/21/2013 10:18:26 AM PST by mike70
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To: Baynative

Sorry, I guess Cali is a nice place. But, why would ya live there if you could live somewhere else tax free and has nice golfing; maybe a place like Florida.


7 posted on 01/21/2013 10:19:03 AM PST by Theoria
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To: Baynative

California is toast. We tried living there but left soon after discovering all the taxes. State income tax, property tax, motor vehicle licensing tax, sales tax, tax on utilities, etc are all ridiculously high. Then you have an influx of under-educated, under-skilled illegals. The golden state is now the burned toast state.


8 posted on 01/21/2013 10:19:50 AM PST by entropy12 (The republic is doomed when people figure out they can get free stuff by voting democrats)
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To: Theoria

Only reason is much better weather year round near the coast. In Florida I sweat in January, it is humid there!


9 posted on 01/21/2013 10:21:51 AM PST by entropy12 (The republic is doomed when people figure out they can get free stuff by voting democrats)
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To: mike70

Mickelson is actually right handed, but plays golf left handed.

His father taught him “mirror image” style at an early age and he remained lefty at golf.


10 posted on 01/21/2013 10:21:55 AM PST by Tea Party Terrorist (Those who work for a living are now outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: entropy12

California is toast. We tried living there but left soon after discovering all the taxes. State income tax, property tax, motor vehicle licensing tax, sales tax, tax on utilities, etc are all ridiculously high. Then you have an influx of under-educated, under-skilled illegals. The golden state is now the burned toast state.

To live in Kalifornia you almost have to be an “illegal American Citizen” and spit yourself out of the system...


11 posted on 01/21/2013 10:24:45 AM PST by GraceG
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To: Paladin2
“Do golfers have to pay State income taxes on their winnings made while “working” in a given State?”

As I understand it, the answer is “yes” unless there is some qualifier in the state's income tax code. For example: If Mickelson plays a tournament in NY, though he lives in CA, he'll owe taxes to both states.

If I were him, I'd leave CA for TX or FL where they have no income taxes and are much friendlier to the taxpayers with his income. Screw CA and their money grubbing parasite government.

12 posted on 01/21/2013 10:25:11 AM PST by MasterGunner01
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To: Baynative

Actually, I think Phil plays Callaways!


13 posted on 01/21/2013 10:26:36 AM PST by Lou L (Health "insurance" is NOT the same as health "care")
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To: Baynative

bookmark


14 posted on 01/21/2013 10:29:50 AM PST by GOP Poet
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To: Paladin2

On winnings, yes.

But, he as most of the known players make WAYYY more in endorsements than golf winnings.


15 posted on 01/21/2013 10:32:45 AM PST by JaxLaxDad
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To: Paladin2

If you are a CA resident the state wants a share of everything you earn, regardless of where you got it.

Lefty is right to want to leave but it may be too late. Moonbeam is already putting together a bill that will enact an “exit tax” designed to penalize those who vote with their feet.


16 posted on 01/21/2013 10:35:55 AM PST by O6ret
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks Baynative.


17 posted on 01/21/2013 10:48:52 AM PST by SunkenCiv ("Let's Move to Russia" isn't "Going Galt".)
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To: entropy12

Oy! It’s so humid!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=at8hZpXyykM


18 posted on 01/21/2013 10:49:38 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Baynative

Florida’s got some attractive state taxes and a lot of the golf pros live there.


19 posted on 01/21/2013 10:56:50 AM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: Baynative

Not to worry, Kalifornia will make damn sure that get EVERYTHING they can before he tries his escape.

But hey, welcome all ILLEGALS with open arms!


20 posted on 01/21/2013 11:07:36 AM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: Baynative

Gee Phil...there is a reason why so many golfers now live in Florida....no state income tax (except for state employees)...and fewer taxes overall. And, when we call you Lefty.....its because of your swing...


21 posted on 01/21/2013 11:16:49 AM PST by SeminoleCounty (The only automatic weapon is the one Obama uses to take your paycheck)
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To: Theoria
maybe a place like Florida.

I imagine there are some very nice places in Ponte Vedra Beach he might be interested in.

22 posted on 01/21/2013 11:17:05 AM PST by Rodamala
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To: MasterGunner01

he’ll owe taxes to both states.


Yes, but you get a credit in your home state for the taxes you pay in a non resident state. A bit more complicated than that but basically true.


23 posted on 01/21/2013 11:17:39 AM PST by PeterPrinciple ( Lord save me from some conservatives, they don't understand human nature any better than liberals.)
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To: Tea Party Terrorist

His nickname is “Lefty.” The post was just a little levity.


24 posted on 01/21/2013 11:28:52 AM PST by mike70
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To: PeterPrinciple

Dealing with the state tax collectors is a PITA. Rush Limbaugh hasn’t lived in NYS for 14 years and every year he’s audited by NYS to “prove” in a half dozen ways he did not earn money in NYS while living and working in FL. That’s how evil these tax parasites are.


25 posted on 01/21/2013 11:53:24 AM PST by MasterGunner01
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To: Baynative
This would be a better threat if he wasn't basically washed up..
26 posted on 01/21/2013 11:54:44 AM PST by montanajoe
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To: montanajoe

Phil was eighth on the money list last year, making over $4,000,000 from golf, and certainly more in appearance fees. Golf Channel said yesterday that he made $46,000,000 last year.

We all should be so “washed up”.


27 posted on 01/21/2013 12:00:23 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg ("Don't be afraid to see what you see." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: Colonel_Flagg
Yeah that's true, however its been a long time since he has won on a Sunday and for most of us weekend watchers that means he's washed up ...kinda like Tiger...:)
28 posted on 01/21/2013 12:11:31 PM PST by montanajoe
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To: mike70

Right, I understand, was just throwing a piece of trivia into the post.


29 posted on 01/21/2013 12:12:27 PM PST by Tea Party Terrorist (Those who work for a living are now outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

Out of $46,000,000.00, this ONE person is giving out over $29,000,000.00 and they want more. This is just on earnings, do you think that is fair? Why doesn’t someone bother to thank the Phil Mickelsons of this country and thank them for the talent and ability to contribute and share wealth? Without them, this country would fold.


30 posted on 01/21/2013 12:13:03 PM PST by Toespi
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To: montanajoe

Mickelson is the most sought after golfer for corporate outings. He makes well over $100,000 for an all day corporate event with a clinic. His outgoing, yet humble personality and his conservative attitude makes him a natural fit for big bucks schmoozing and raises his annual income to over $50Million.


31 posted on 01/21/2013 12:27:06 PM PST by Baynative (Those that work for a living are now outnumbered by those that vote for a living.)
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To: Baynative
I like Mickelson, but really, he's been a better corporate spokesman than a golfer especially in the last few years..If he and Tiger had not been on the scene at the same time I suppose he would have won a few more times but I'm not sure of that he seemed to be prone to choke..
32 posted on 01/21/2013 12:48:26 PM PST by montanajoe
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To: montanajoe

Too long, I agree. I’ve been a Mickelson fan for years. But still, $4 million per ain’t bad!

And if media attention is any indication it’ll be a long time before anyone says anything about Tiger being washed up.


33 posted on 01/21/2013 1:26:20 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg ("Don't be afraid to see what you see." -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi
Florida’s got some attractive state taxes and a lot of the golf pros live there.

Maybe he can move next door to his buddy Tiger!

34 posted on 01/21/2013 2:31:41 PM PST by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: montanajoe

How many players won more than the 3 times Tiger did in 2012?


35 posted on 01/21/2013 4:11:50 PM PST by newbie 10-21-00
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To: Tea Party Terrorist
Mickelson is actually right handed, but plays golf left handed.

I'm right handed in everything but billiards.

Why did Mick's dad teach him to "mirror image"?

ff

36 posted on 01/22/2013 5:13:20 AM PST by foreverfree
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To: foreverfree

I’m right-handed but as a kid taught myself to bat left-handed (ala my idol, Stan Musial) and, consequently, play golf left-handed.

I do play tennis right-handed...

btw, in batting, the “power arm” should always be inside. So a right-handed person will have more strength batting left-handed.


37 posted on 01/22/2013 5:19:31 AM PST by newfreep (Breitbart sent me...)
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To: Paladin2

The taxing of pro athletes

http://articles.latimes.com/2009/apr/12/sports/sp-jock-tax12


38 posted on 01/22/2013 6:16:57 AM PST by doug from upland (Obama and the leftists - destroying our country one day at a time)
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To: doug from upland
" But the dark side is states compete against each other in gouging each other's residents. That has been going on for a long time. It's just that states are getting better and better at it.""

Thnx for the link. Maybe some of the name players should bill the various States for helping to boost their economies.

39 posted on 01/22/2013 6:29:07 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: foreverfree

I guess he didn’t tell us why his dad did it that way but I guess you could say it worked!

I’m right footed and I could never get up on a surfboard with my right foot on the back. As soon as I tried it with my left foot on the back I got up every time. Go figure.


40 posted on 01/22/2013 7:04:53 AM PST by Tea Party Terrorist (Those who work for a living are now outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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To: Doomonyou

So now we see Phil has taken a verbal mulligan and stated that taxes are a personal item and should not be discussed so publically.


41 posted on 01/23/2013 11:59:10 AM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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