Bryce Harper will save tens of millions in taxes by spurning the Dodgers and Giants, by George Skelton

Imagine that, the highest paid player in baseball doesn’t want to pay California’s confiscatory taxes. From George Skelton at latimes.com:

Bryce Harper will save tens of millions in taxes by spurning the Dodgers and Giants
By signing with the Philadelphia Phillies, Bryce Harper will play in a state with a much lower income tax rate than California. (Yong Kim / AP)

For Major League Baseball players, three teams are at the bottom of the standings on state taxes: the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants.

That’s because California is in a league of its own on personal income taxes. We’ve got by far the highest state rate in the nation, topping out at 13.3%.

By contrast, Pennsylvania has a low flat rate for every taxpayer regardless of income. It’s just 3.07%. That’s one reason why superstar slugger Bryce Harper signed an eye-popping 13-year, $330-million contract last week with the Philadelphia Phillies, spurning the Dodgers and Giants.

It was the largest free-agent deal in the history of North American sports.

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