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Travel Funding

An allocation of funds will be provided first to the defending US Indoor Champion in each event, and then to the top four ranked indoor performers, based on the 2017 U.S. Indoor List, IAAF Top Marks list, or All Athletics list of marks achieved from November 12, 2016 – February 20, 2017 (on-time entry deadline). Please note the qualifying window to achieve marks is not the same as the qualifying period for travel funding.

If the defending US Indoor Champion is not entered by the on-time entry deadline (Monday, February 20, 2017 by 11:59 p.m. ET), funding will then be allocated to the top five (5) ranked performers in each event who have entered by the on-time entry deadline and who have met the qualifying mark as of the on-time entry deadline (February 20, 2017).

Track and Field Events:
For these allocations, funds will be awarded to the top ranked athletes in the distances/disciplines being contested at the Championships and NOT FOR TIMES OR DISTANCES ACHIEVED IN ALTERNATE QUALIFYING DISTANCES/TIMES (i.e. rank in the 60m, but not 55m or 50m). The only exception to this would be in the case of the allocation to the Defending Champion, who simply needs to be ENTERED AND QUALIFIED in order to be allocated and, therefore, could use an alternate distance/time.
 
Multi Events:
For these allocations, funds will be awarded to the top ranked athletes in the distances/disciplines being contested at the Championships and NOT FOR TIMES OR DISTANCES ACHIEVED IN ALTERNATE QUALIFYING DISTANCES/TIMES (i.e. rank in the Pentathlon (women), but not Heptathlon or Heptathlon (Men), but not Pentathlon, Decathlon ). The only exception to this would be in the case of the allocation to the Defending Champion, who simply needs to be ENTERED AND QUALIFIED in order to be allocated and, therefore, could use an alternate distance/time.
In order to be eligible for the USATF Indoor Championships travel allocations, an athlete must be a current USATF member in good standing; must have entered by the on-time entry deadline (Monday, February 20, 2017 by 11:59 p.m. ET); must have met the qualifying standard set by USATF no later than the Sunday, February 26th; and must be a citizen of the United States of America who is eligible to represent the U.S. in international competition. Dual Citizens please take note.
Post Travel Funding
In addition to the payments as described above, an allocation of funds will be provided to those athletes who were not allocated funding prior to the USATF Indoor Championships, but who place in the top three (3) in their event at the 2017 USATF Indoor Championships.

Travel funding breakdown:

  • The airfare allocation will be based on a "supersaver" fare (21-day advance purchase/Saturday night stay-over from home city to ALBQ, NM)

  • There will be a flat rate of $440 towards per diem/accommodations.

 

Travel funding distribution:

  • Athletes who qualify for pre-allocations will receive their checks at Credential pick-up at the Championships.

  • Athletes who are eligible to receive travel funding for this event are required to complete the following IRS W-9 form :IRS Form W-9: Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification (PDF, via IRS.gov).  When submitting W-9’s via fax (fax number:317-261-0514) attach a cover page with the following information:

    • Attention: Sariyu "Beka" Suggs

    • Event: 2017 USATF Indoor Championships

  • Please make sure your mailing address is up-to-date with USATF. Payments will be processed via the address provided on the completed IRS W-9 forms on file for that payment year.

  • Athletes with remaining collegiate eligibility please check with your university compliance department to see if you are eligible to receive travel funding according to NCAA rules.

Questions- please contact Sariyu "Beka" Suggs at 317-713-4689 or Sariyu.Suggs@usatf.org.


**IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE REGULATIONS ON TRAVEL STIPENDS**

All athletes receiving travel stipends for any domestic or international event should carefully read this notice.
No athlete or agent can receive travel stipend payment without prior submission of a current Form W-9 including Social Security Number (individuals and certain agents) or Federal ID Number (certain agents). If you have not already done so, for payments received from USATF in the past, please provide this information by completing the following form. If you have a form on file and have an address updated please complete and submit a form (W-9).
 
IRS Form W-9: Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification (PDF, via IRS.gov)
Email, fax or mail completed W-9 forms to:
USA Track & Field
ATTN: Sariyu "Beka" Suggs
132 E. Washington St., Suite 800
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Email: Sariyu.Suggs@usatf.org
Fax: 317-261-0514


All travel stipends are considered reportable income by USATF and the IRS and should be included on the individual’s tax return.  If the amount of reportable income including all stipends, prize money, etc. is $600 or more cumulative during a tax year, a 1099 MISC will be issued.  Receipts for travel may qualify for deductions against this reported income. Please contact a tax advisor for further information.
 
The W-9 has to be completed by everyone and DOES NOT make the allocations tax-free.

  • Athletes or agents who have a W-9/SSN/FIN on file for past payments received from USATF do not need to complete a new form unless you need to change the following:

  • Name Change

  • Federal tax classification

  • Mailing address

  • Employer Identification number

 
Incorporated agents (with a Federal ID number) accepting travel stipend payment on behalf of athletes have the responsibility of properly accounting for the funds.

Note: Please consult with your tax advisor for proper tax treatment of any amounts reported as taxable income.

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