Simone Biles

Congress blocks 'victory tax' on Olympic athletes

U.S. Olympic athletes would be exempt from a so-called victory tax under legislation approved by Congress and sent to the president.

The Senate gave final legislative approval Thursday to a bill that would block the IRS from taxing most medals or other prizes awarded to U.S. Olympians.

The U.S. Olympic Committee awards cash prizes to medal winners: $25,000 for gold, $15,000 for silver and $10,000 for bronze. That's in addition to the cash value of the medals themselves — about $600 for gold, $300 for silver. Bronze medals have little monetary value.

Because the money is considered earned income, it is taxed — a practice some lawmakers refer to the...