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Super Bowl players bank extra cash thanks to low Texas taxes

New England Patriots' Tom Brady reacts after winning the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Players in the Super Bowl get a break on taxes since the game was in Houston this year. Since people pay taxes not just where they live, but also where they work, the players must pay in the state where the game is played. Since Texas has no income tax, they’ll get a break this year. Last year, high taxes in California meant players forked over massive amounts to the state.

What’s that mean for each player’s bank account? The NFL pays every player on the Patriots $107,000. The Falcons will get checks for $53,000. They won’t pay any state income tax on that. By comparison, last year’s Super Bowl was in the Bay Area, and players paid California’s 13.3% state income tax on their Super Bowl paychecks.

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