Gilman Ciocia's personal tax team is giving away tickets to New York Mets games as part of a contest it is holding for the second year in a row.

There are 17 prizes, with the grand prize offering four tickets to a 2008 regular-season Mets road game, airfare for four, hotel accommodations for two nights and the opportunity to meet a Mets celebrity ballplayer before the game. Sixteen other prizewinners will receive a pair of tickets to a regular-season home game at Shea Stadium and the chance to watch batting practice.

No purchase is necessary. The contest is open to residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut who are 21 years of age or older at the time of entry. The deadline for entry is 12:00 pm EST on April 15.

Individuals may enter the contest online at or, at any participating Gilman Ciocia office, or by sending a postcard with name, address, city, state and ZIP code, day and evening telephone numbers and e-mail address to Laura Maccione, Gilman Ciocia, Inc., On the Road with the Mets Sweepstakes, 11 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 12603.

In separate news, Major League Baseball may have some tax troubles of its own. The league has been accused of leaving out the salaries of many of its top officials on its tax return for the year ending Oct. 31, 2006. The return for the nonprofit organization omitted the compensation for MLB president and COO Bob Dupuy and four executive vice presidents, according to Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal.

The only MLB official whose compensation is listed is Commissioner Bud Selig. Omission of compensation information on an incomplete tax return can incur fines of up to $50,000 per year, but that's well within MLB's budget.

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