COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Supreme Court has found unconstitutional the method that Cleveland uses for taxing professional athletes who work for short periods of time in the city.
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The court said Thursday the city unfairly imposed a 2 percent income tax on ex-Chicago Bears linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer based on games played in the city as a percentage of total games played.
The court says Hillenmeyer is due a partial refund under the method most cities use where athletes are taxed based on games played as a percentage of the season.
The court also says retired Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday shouldn't have been taxed at all by Cleveland during the 2008 season because he was injured and not in the city for the days he was taxed.