Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-9-2020

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis



First Advisor

Morris Stocks

Second Advisor

Jeff Pickerd

Third Advisor

Mark Wilder

Relational Format



The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has had a substantial impact in the United States since its inception in 2017. This tax code overhaul has had a profound effect on the way Division I universities operate their athletic department operations and fundraising efforts. By creating new channels of federal tax revenues and eliminating deductions, such as the “80/20” premium seating deduction that has been used by universities, athletic programs have already begun to see a shift in how they must operate. This modification is done in order to avoid any major repercussions from the new tax code. This thesis discusses the history of these types of deductions and the benefits that have been attributed to their use, and analyzes the consequences that have arisen from their sudden elimination from the tax code. Such consequences include universities having to find new ways to stimulate donor spending or having to develop various strategies to avoid additional taxation implications. Conclusions found from this study discovered that it has become difficult for many universities to understand the necessary steps they are allowed to take in order to provide quality information to donors and shareholders related to the TCJA.

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