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12 Questions With Senator Orrin Hatch
10. Ending Tax-Exempt Status
Posted On 05.17, 2013

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RCS: Your colleague, Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, has made a point in the past that if these schools and sports programs are run like businesses, then they should be treated like businesses and not non-profits. Thereby they'd lose their tax-exempt status.

Is threatening to take away tax-exempt status an option for BCS reform legislation?

Sen. Hatch: Not as far as I'm concerned. I don't want to do that. But, in the end, that is one option at Congress's disposal. I have to admit though that I'm against that. I think most all the schools are basically non-profit. Whether they're state run or whatever. I think it's important that we have a vibrant set of athletic opportunities in this country for the colleges and universities, and I want to keep it that way.

But we're not talking about taxes in these hearings. The question is antitrust law. There is an ending to this and it is an antitrust law. I don't want to make it tougher on the schools or be mean spirited about this. That's not my goal. My goal is to be fair, and to see them be fair. Right now it's a very unfair process and an unfair system. I don't see how they can, with a straight face, not admit it.

12 Questions with Sen. Orrin Hatch




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