The NFLPA president, Donald Trump, has called the tax bill a “special tax” for players who earn more than $10 million a year.
Trump told the Washington Post that he will consider the tax “a very big deal” and that he believes it will be “very difficult” to pass through Congress.
“It’s an enormous tax,” Trump said, according to the Post.
“There are many special tax rates, so I think it’s going to be very difficult for us to pass the tax.”
The NFL has been under intense pressure to pass legislation that includes a tax increase to address the players’ economic hardships, as it has failed to find a way to fund the new tax.
The league has faced protests and boycotts from players and fans for years.
The NFL’s current tax rate is $9.75 million per year, a rate that includes player bonuses.
The union has argued that this rate is too high, and has argued it is not fair to tax players who make less than $1 million a season.
The Trump administration has pushed back against the union’s claims, calling it “a hoax.”
A source close to the NFLPA told USA Today that the union has been lobbying Congress to pass a new tax that will be in line with the current tax, and said the tax will not change the league’s business model.
Trump has repeatedly said that he would consider the bill a tax and not a tax.
A source familiar with the negotiations said the bill was likely to include a $1 billion “middle-class tax credit” for owners, which is similar to the one the NFL received in 2017.
The $1.5 billion tax credit is expected to help the league offset the tax.