The St. Louis Rams are asking the state of Missouri for a $400,000 tax refund because the NFL team miscalculated sales taxes and overcharged ticket buyers, although the team can’t return the money to the fans. Per ticket, the difference in calculations is small — about 40 cents on a $100 ticket. In addition, the Rams have asked the state to forgive $445,000 more in unpaid taxes.
The Rams have a history of contesting ticket tax assessments. They have filed six appeals since 2008, totaling $4.7 million at face value. It’s impossible to tell from the filings exactly what happened with each case.
The Missouri Department of Revenue acknowledged that the four closed cases were settled, meaning the Rams likely paid some, but not all, of the taxes the state demanded. The state won’t discuss them further. It claims sales tax receipts are closed records.