American Go E-Journal

“Tap” Proposal Comments Rolling In; Deadline Jan. 31

Sunday January 22, 2012

Comments for and against the American Go Association’s proposal to charge a “tap” or “fee” on prizes/playing fees in international tournaments “are rolling in,” says AGA President Allan Abramson. With the January 31 deadline for submitting comments approaching, “I urge all those with a stake in this issue to send me your opinions.” Comments thus far include: “I believe this is not the right time for a tax on professional earnings from international events” (Roy Schmidt); “(A) ‘Tax’ on the prize money is a traditional idea and a common practice in Asian Go.” (Curtis Tang);  “I think that the ‘tap’ proposal, trying to pick already meager money from American players’ pockets, is outrageous!” (Feng Yun 9P); “I think this tap fee is a great idea.” (Zhaonian Chen). Click here for a summary of comments as of the middle of last week; additional comments will be posted by this Friday, and then again after the end of the month.

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