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Report: Fiesta Bowl likely owes feds back taxes

This Jan. 4, 2010 photo shows Arizona governor Jan Brewer and then-Fiesta Bowl CEO John Junker on the sidelines during the 2010 Fiesta Bowl college football game in Glendale. (AP Photo/Arizona Republic, Rob Schumacher)

Fiesta Bowl officials disclosed the bowl game likely owes back taxes to the federal government for unreported employee compensation over the past five years.

The Arizona Republic reports the amount is more than a $136,000. The disclosure was made in a series of tax returns for the fiscal year that ended March 31, 2011.

Four nonprofit organizations that operated the Fiesta Bowl, the Insight Bowl, the 2011 Bowl Championship Series title game and community events filed the reports.

An independent investigation last year uncovered gifts and other benefits provided to employees and board members that are now considered taxable income for the recipients. It also uncovered the reimbursements to employees for political-campaign donations, which also count as income. Both types of previously unreported compensation are triggering the potential excise tax.

Former bowl chief John Junker was fired and admitted in court to felonies as part of a campaign-finance conspiracy.

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