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Brazil – Sports betting bill could cover online casinos and lower tax rate

By - 11 September 2023

The online sports betting bill in the lower house (PL 3626/2023) could also cover online casinos as well. According to local press Adolfo Viana, the rapporteur of the online sports betting bill, has included online casinos in the bill.

The plenary of the Chamber of Deputies could vote on the sports betting bill put forward by Deputy Adolfo Viana this week. Last week the lawmaker pointed out that market regulation would enable the inspection and collection of taxes on companies currently hosted outside Brazil, in addition to formalising many jobs generated by the sector locally.

The president of the chamber, Arthur Lira made the announcement while talking to press arguing that the majority of gambling offshore took place via online casino games rather than sports betting.

“Leader Adolfo discussed the limits of the project today with all the leaders, what it deals with, what it can deal with, what it can achieve. The project only dealt with online sports betting, when we all know that the bulk of these online bets are in games of chance, such as online casinos, and so on. So the project must encompass all the circumstances of everything that is done online . . .” he said.

Arthur Lira appointed, Deputy Adolfo Viana as rapporteur of the bill at the end of last month. In addition Adolfo Viana has put forward a lower tax on GGR sportsbetting compared to the 18% on GGR which had previously been envisioned. Local news outlet O GLOBO reported that Viana met with Minister of Finance, Fernando Haddad last week with negotiations underway whereby the tax rate would stand at a minimum of 10% and a maximum of 18% on GGR. The same amount would also be applicable to online casinos if approved.

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