The Horseplayers’ Coalition is the NTRA’s legislative voice for horse racing’s customers. The Coalition seeks legislative and regulatory solutions to Federal tax issues that impact horseplayers and pari-mutuel racetracks, and provides grassroots support for NTRA’s lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill. The Coalition’s Advisory Panel is tasked with helping the NTRA Legislative team identify, establish and prioritize player-friendly legislation.
In September 2017, the U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced that they would formally adopt modernized regulations regarding the withholding and reporting of pari-mutuel proceeds. The NTRA had long pressed for these updated regulations that will allow horseplayers to keep more of their winnings, thereby increasing the amount wagered on U.S. pari-mutuel racing by as much as 10 percent annually, or upwards of $1 billion, according to independent estimates.
Under the new regulations, the IRS will consider the inclusion of a bettor’s entire investment in a single pari-mutuel pool when determining the amount reported or withheld for tax purposes, as opposed to only the amount wagered on the correct result.
Horseplayers wagering on pari-mutuel races were subject to reporting of winnings over $600 or more and automatic Federal tax withholding on pari-mutual winnings of $5,000 or more at odds of at least 300-1. The “cost of a wager,” had been defined simply as the single winning bet the player makes (versus the total investment made), was at the center of these calculations, which frequently triggered reporting and/or withholding for horseplayers. Withholding reduces players’ liquidity during handicapping and adversely impact pari-mutual handle and purses. Withholding levels for pari-mutual winnings have been pegged at $5,000 since 1992. Reporting levels have not changed since the mid-1970s.
Annual membership in the Horseplayers’ Coalition is $25. Horseplayers can also join when signing up for the NTRA National Horseplayers Championship Tour (NHC Tour).
If you are already a member of the Horseplayers’ Coalition, thank you for your support. Please send us your comments and question – we are always eager to hear from you.
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