In Belgium they want the red cards of professional football to pay taxes

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He Belgian Ministry of Finance It will study who pays the fines for sporting penalties in professional football and how they are paid to the treasury with the intention of increasing tax collection. The flamenco newspaper announced this Friday Het Nieuwsblad.

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Currently, when a professional player is sent off, in addition to the sporting sanction, he receives a fine of between 1,000 and 500 euros, which is generally paid by the clubs.

“If the club pays the fine, it’s a benefit in kind”the finance ministry spokesman told that newspaper, Francesco Adynswho added that “It is the same as when an employer gives an employee an additional wage allowance”like a company car or notebook.

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For this reason, the authorities are paying particular attention to this point in an ongoing audit of the financial years 2019 and 2020 to 21 professional football clubs where the penalties represent a total amount of €513,859.

“We want to avoid payments that escape the attention of tax authorities,” Adyns added.

Source: EFE

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