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Are the free seats provided to the D.C. Council by area teams and venues considered taxable income when councilmembers use them in their personal capacity?
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Access to Verizon Center and Nationals Park tickets is one of the strangest—and more controversial—benefits of being a councilmember. While councilmembers sometimes use the tickets for purposes having nothing to do with their jobs, Chairman Phil Mendelson says they don’t have to be reported as income because they’re considered a gift to the entire Council, not to individual members.