AKC Tax Returns and Salaries
Weigh ever-increasing fees against the not-for-profit AKC Board Of Directors and staff salaries as revealed in TheDogPress.
Year after year, AKC claims to have a "financial crisis" as justification to raise fees. In 2008, TheDogPress dared to question the 300% fees increase(1), revealing "AKC now has over a dozen primary departments relating only to dog shows, which remember, were only peripheral to AKC’s original purpose."
Breeder/Judge/Publisher, consummate dog man Bo Bengston, writing for Dogs In Review said "Yes, AKC recorded an operating deficit of $192,000 for April of 2010 compared to the previous period last year — but AKC’s investments during the same month earned a gain of $1.5 million." Bo's take on AKC salaries referred to AKC's Presidential Salaries (2) in which TheDogPress observed that some AKC Executives earn "more than the U.S. President and Vice President combined."
When in 2010 the economy was crashing, TheDogPress broke even more bad news re: the $25 per dog AKC Exhibition Tax. Moaning about lost income, AKC announced the $25 p/year tax on all judges fees which works out to a whopping $102,000 per year extra tax that clubs will be forced to pass on to exhibitors.
Weigh ever-increasing fees charged for American Kennel Club services against the not-for-profit AKC Board Of Directors and ii staff 2013 salaries revealed on these income charts.
As you explore our exclusive Insider coverage of AKC salaries, benefits, and perks, you will agree that we must return dog shows to the average enthusiast. In 2014 the 5-year dropout rate was down to under 2 years and the 2015 decline was even worse.
The decline in registration income may not be worrisome (to AKC) which has lucrative investments in CAR, CHF, and other non-for-profit ventures. Translated, the means individual Board and key Staff incomes are insulated from the general income decline.
Many astute observers say that today's dog shows, like horse racing, are only for the wealthy who need a tax write-off and who can afford to fly top professional dog-jockeys to the right shows with the right judging panels. We need those generous people and AKC needs the glitz and glamour shows for TV and to generate corporate advertisers.
All dedicated breeders agree that we must preserve the real purpose of dog shows which used to be for the comparison, selection, and perpetuation of healthy, typical purebred dogs that can do what they were originally bred to do. Long sentence but only because of having to insert "dedicated" and the "used to be" portion. It used to be that all show breeders were dedicated. They were the Backbone of the sport (5).
Will the newly elected AKC Board notice the continued exodus of hobby and show breeders? Probably not. It still has Hunte Corporation and the puppy mills...(6)
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