Introduction of issue

Tao Li, a national swimmer, has caused a controversy with her remarks on her reluctance to contribute 6% of her prize winnings back to the Singapore Swimming Association for ‘youth development’. SSA officials claimed that it was because they did not have enough funding, and it was all about ‘remembering the source as you drink water’. Other sports organisations also revealed they had their own taxes on their athletes’ winnings, some (bowling, for example) as high as 20%. The price for not paying up is a ban on representing the country in the competition.

Should our national athletes’ hard-earned prize winnings be taxed?
What can organisations claim rightfully as the ‘profit’ for their ‘investment’ in the prizewinners?
Are students also therefore obligated to ‘contribute’ prize money from school-level competitions?

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