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Germany – Law approved to tax online gambling evenly

By - 14 June 2021

Online gambling is now being taxed uniformly across Germany following the passing by the Finance Committee of the law amending the Racing Betting and Lottery Act and the implementing provisions for the Racing Betting and Lottery Act.

Antje Tillmann, financial policy spokeswoman for the CDU / CSU parliamentary group in the German Bundestag, and the responsible rapporteur, Olav Gutting, said: “From July 1, 2021, the State Treaty on the new regulation of gaming in Germany will allow legal participation in types of gaming that were previously not permitted in Germany. These include, among others, the virtual slot machine game and online poker.

“However, uniform taxation regulations also form the basis for legalization. With today’s law we have passed a Germany-wide uniform regulation for the taxation of online games of chance such as virtual slot machine games and online poker. Both online poker and virtual slot machine games will be taxed in the future, as will race betting, sports betting, public lotteries and draws. This means that online games of chance are taxed at 5.3 per cent of the stakes made. Even if this game of chance is operated illegally, for example because there is no license, taxation takes place.

“With this legislative resolution, the goals of the State Treaty on Gambling are implemented. On the one hand, the Racing Betting & Lottery Act serves to bring previously illegal gaming offers into legality. On the other hand, it combats gambling addiction and other negative phenomena of real and virtual gaming.”

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