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RULING CLEARS ATHLETES FROM PAYING FULL-RESIDENT MD TAXES
Published November 7, 1997
In a "decision with important implications for professional athletes" in MD, a hearing officer cleared Orioles OF Brady Anderson and former OF Mike Devereaux "of claims they owed back taxes and said neither man should have been taxed as a resident," according to Jon Morgan of the Baltimore SUN. The decision "may clear up an ambiguity" in MD's taxation of athletes, "where the state had argued that many players should be taxed as residents if they keep a home here year-round." Both Anderson and Devereaux considered themselves residents of other states, while living part-time in MD. But the state had "sought hundreds of thousands of dollars in back taxes from both men, and notified several other current and former" Orioles they were under investigation. Anderson paid MD taxes "based on the number of days worked in Baltimore, but not on away games or his off-season endorsement income." After a May hearing, the ruling, delivered Wednesday, said the evidence showed neither Anderson or Devereaux was "a statutory resident" of MD. The state "has indicated it will drop the investigations of the other players, as well" (SUN, 11/7).