Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Let them play pay!

So the Canadian tax authority (the CRA) is coming down hard on Little League Baseball Canada and it's charitable tax status**. Turns out those donations to LLBC are no longer considered deductible under Canadian law, meaning the costs of the league will have to be passed along to the families of the players rather than being mitigated by donations. Booooooooooo!

The funds received through these tax shelter donation programs were extremely valuable for us, as it allowed us to keep costs borne by the children and their families to the absolute minimum,” said [LLBC president Roy] Bergerman.

Little League Baseball Canada has only two full-time employees, according to its web site, and serves more than 40,000 Canadian youngsters playing baseball and softball.

**Thanks to foreign baseball desk chief Ron Rollins for this one. If you have any interest in baseball outside the US, I recommend a visit to Ron's site. He does a wonderful job showing us how the game is developing and thriving around the world.

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