Tabcorp Holdings Limited (Tabcorp) has welcomed the NSW wagering tax changes announced in the NSW Government’s 2022/23 State Budget, as a further positive step toward industry reform.
The NSW Government today announced reforms to NSW wagering taxes from 1 July 2022, including an increase in the Point of Consumption Tax (POCT) rate payable by wagering operators, from 10 per cent to 15 per cent. Tabcorp will receive transition payments over an 18 month period from the commencement of these changes to ensure it is ‘no-worse off’ relative to its current tax obligations as a result of the changes.
Tabcorp welcomes the Government’s announcement of it’s intention to review the wagering tax regime, regulation and industry funding in the coming years. Tabcorp intends to continue advocating for further industry reform and a level playing field during this period. Indicatively, if these NSW wagering tax changes had applied without the transition payments to Tabcorp’s calendar year 2021 NSW revenues, Tabcorp’s EBITDA would have been approximately $16m lower.
Tabcorp Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Adam Rytenskild welcomed the announcements as continued progress to reform the wagering industry. “Today is a positive step forward in levelling the playing field in NSW. Online bookies will pay a greater share of wagering tax which can be invested back into the local racing industry and
ensures a fairer system,’’ he said.
“We welcome the NSW Government’s announcement. Online betting has changed substantially since the TAB’s licences were issued and this is an opportunity to better align with the modern economy. The Queensland Government has recently announced reforms to create a level playing field and NSW is now a step closer to a level playing field.”