Important TGBC Notice: Proposed Tax Legislation
Dear Valued Bulldog Club Members,
Thank you for your generous investment in the success of UGA’s student-athletes through your financial contributions to The Georgia Bulldog Club (TGBC). Your support provides more than 600 student-athletes with opportunities to succeed in the classroom, excel in competition, and serve in the community.
We would like to inform you about some impending legislation that could impact the tax deductibility for future ticket-related per-seat contributions. As you are likely aware, Congress is currently considering changes to the tax code that could be signed into law in the next couple weeks. While much is left to be determined, the proposed changes may have a direct impact on your ticket-related per-seat giving. For example, current IRS tax code allows donations to be 80% deductible if paying such amount provides the right to purchase tickets for seating at university athletics events. While still subject to revision, under a current federal tax proposal, annual contributions required for season ticket purchases, including club seats and sky suites, would no longer be deductible beginning in 2018.
While the priority giving deadline for the 2018 Hartman Fund is February 15, 2018, we wanted you to be aware of this legislation as the 2017 tax year comes to an end. Due to the uncertainty regarding the potential changes in tax code and future tax-deductibility of ticket-related per-seat donations, along with other potential adjustments to tax credits and deductions, it may be to your advantage to make annual, ticket-related per-seat contributions for 2018 and future years prior to December 31, 2017 to guarantee tax-deductibility under current tax law. If it benefits you to donate appreciated securities, this giving option is available and our staff is happy to discuss it with you prior to the end of the year.
Please keep in mind that the proposed legislation is subject to change, including the effective date of any changes to existing tax provisions. We advise you to consult with your own tax advisors to determine whether this opportunity is of value to you.
We will provide any updates as we know more about how this legislation may impact TGBC members who purchase season tickets. Please note, per-seat donations and premiums will still be required for all football season tickets and for select seating areas for basketball, baseball, and gymnastics for the 2018-19 seasons. Visit www.thegeorgiabulldogclub.com/new-tax-legislation/faqs to review some of the most frequently asked questions pertaining to this matter.
The Georgia Bulldog Club staff is happy to personally assist you with making a gift or answer any questions you may have related to your ongoing generous support of UGA Athletics. TGBC office is open from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday, excluding December 25 and 26, and can be contacted at 877-GA-DAWGS whereas online giving is available 24/7 by visiting TheGeorgiaBulldogClub.com.
All of us here at UGA Athletics are thankful for the commitments that you make to our student-athletes, and we wish you and your family all the best this holiday season. Go Dawgs!
Executive Associate Athletics Director
Executive Director of The Bulldog Club
This is not intended as legal or tax advice. We advise you to consult with your professional tax advisor before making any tax-based decisions on determining whether giving before the end of the calendar year is of value to you.
BOWL GAME TICKET INFORMATION
The Dawgs are bound for Pasadena, facing off against #2 ranked Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl on January 1! Tickets were mailed on December 13 to all those who qualified for tickets. Qualification for tickets was based on a cumulative priority point total of at least 34,400, while the number of tickets received was based on either the 2017 Hartman Fund contribution or Magill Society pledge.
The College Football Playoff Championship Game point cutoff is 12,172. The point cutoff was sent in an email on December 20th to all donors who requested tickets. Instructions for receiving tickets can be found in the email. Call 706-542-1231 or 877-GA-DAWGS for assistance.
Hartman Fund Renewals: 1st and 10 Campaign
This year we are asking you to help us “move the chains” by participating in the William C. Hartman Jr. Fund’s “1st and 10 Campaign”.
UGA student-athletes give 110% in competition, in the classroom, and in the community. We hope that you will join them by adding an EXTRA 10% to your 2018 Hartman Fund contribution.
Any renewing Hartman Fund donor who participates in the 1st and 10 Campaign by giving 110% by February 1st will receive the following benefits:
- Entered to win an on-field experience for four at one of our seven home football games. (Seven different winners will be selected – one for each home game during the 2018 season)
- An exclusive gift from The Georgia Bulldog Club
- Recognition on TheGeorgiaBulldogClub.com
- Satisfaction of giving above and beyond your 2017 Hartman Fund gift to make a meaningful difference in the lives of UGA student-athletes in 2018
Participation in the 1st and 10 Campaign is simple and easy to do.
For example, Hairy Dawg donated $550 to the Hartman Fund in 2017. To be eligible for the 1st and 10 Campaign, his donation would need to be at least $605 for 2018 and made by February 1, 2018.
We have made a commitment to our student-athletes, as well as to you, our fans and supporters, to provide every UGA student-athlete with the best possible experience in the classroom and on the field of play. The primary resource responsible for meeting these critical needs are funds generated by supporters of The Georgia Bulldog Club through the Hartman Fund.
Every donation, big or small, makes a difference. Please consider participating in the 1st and 10 Campaign by giving 110% towards the Hartman Fund in 2018 today!
2018 Hartman Fund Renewals
Hartman Fund renewal brochures for the 2018 football season will be mailed within the first two weeks of January. The brochure can be accessed online by following the link below. The deadline for Hartman Fund donations is February 15, 2018. Ticket applications will be available in March, due by March 31, 2018. Per-seat donations have not changed from the 2017 season.
*Scroll down and click '18 Donor Guide on the left side of the page.
Official UGA Rose Bowl Tailgate
The Dawgs are bound for Pasadena, and Dawg Nation will be out in full force! The Official UGA Pregame Party will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. prior to kickoff at 2 p.m. Amenities include:
- Locally inspired food
- All-inclusive beer, wine and Bloody Mary's
- Conveniently located next to the stadium at Brookside Golf Course.
- Entertainment, special UGA guests, photo booths and much more
Visit www.georgiasportstravel.com to register today!
December Student-Athlete of the Month: Roquan Smith
Roquan Smith, a junior economics major from Montezuma, GA, is without question one of the most important players on the UGA football team. He has started in all 13 games to date, leading the team in total stops with 113, tackles for loss (10.5), QB sacks (5.5) and QB pressures (17). Winner of the Butkus Award (given to the nation's top linebacker), Roquan was also a finalist for the Bronco Nagurski Award and Chuck Bednarik Award, both of which go to the country's top overall defensive player. He was named the SEC Championship Game MVP after he had a career high-matching 13 tackles, one QB sack, another stop for lost yardage, and a pair of fumble recoveries.
What his UGA scholarship means to him:
“My scholarship provides a financial peace of mind for my family and me, which has allowed me to focus on getting a degree while participating in a sport I love.”
Off the Field
• Inducted into the UGA Athletic Association’s Leadership Education and Development (L.E.A.D.) program in 2017. L.E.A.D. is designed to encourage leadership development in UGA’s high-achieving and most-promising student-athletes.
• Named the 2016 Vince Dooley Defensive MVP
• Camp Sunshine Outreach - participated in visits with campers with life-threatening illnesses and put a smile on their face.
• Thanksgiving Baskets for Needy Families – family outreach program that gives back to those in need
December Student-Athlete of the Month: Isabella Skinner
Isabella Skinner, a senior, is one of the most academically and athletically accomplished players on the UGA women's golf team. She has been named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll for three consecutive years and has five Top-20 tournament finishes in fourteen career starts. She also competed in the US Women's Amateur, advancing to the Match Play stage. Isabella is a native of Cumming, GA, and majors in accounting.
On what her UGA scholarship means to her:
“My scholarship means everything to me. Not only has it allowed me to play the sport I love at the college of my dreams, but it has also allowed me to develop lifelong friendships, memories I will cherish forever, and graduate with a degree that will carry me to the next chapter in my life. I will forever be grateful for my scholarship.”
Off the Course
• Inducted into the UGA Athletic Association’s Leadership Education and Development (L.E.A.D.) program in 2016 . L.E.A.D. is designed to encourage leadership development in UGA’s high-achieving and most promising student-athletes.
• Member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee 2017-18 and has served as her team’s representative on SAAC since 2015
• Participated in UGA Relay For Life
• Participated in Girl Power Day
Gymnastics Season Around the Corner
GymDog season is almost upon us! After appearances at the GEF Open Practice and Meet the Team events, as well as First Look on December 9th, excitement surrounding the program is building up for the start of the Courtney Kupets Carter era.
Season and single-meet tickets are available online now at www.georgiadogs.com. It is also not too late to make a Gymnastics Endowment Fund contribution to gain access to benefits such as parking passes, pre-meet hospitality passes, and more. Contact 877-GA-DAWGS for more information.
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