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Sweden – BOS rejects proposal to raise Swedish gambling tax

By - 11 December 2023

The Swedish Trade Association for Online Gambling (BOS) has rejected the Ministry of Finance proposal to increase gambling tax from 18 per cent to 22 per cent to apply from 1 July 2024.

It believes a tax increase on licensed gambling further strengthens the competitiveness of unlicensed gambling in Sweden, which correspondingly increases in attractiveness when Swedish gambling consumers have to make decisions about where their gambling will take place. A product subject to
high tax is less attractive than a comparable product subject to low or no tax.

BOS believes that the proposal for a tax increase is in conflict with all of the government’s stated goals for the gambling market. The implementation of a tax increase on gambling will lead to a reduced channelization to the Swedish regulated gambling market, something that is also expressed by several other reference bodies, including the Swedish Gambling Authority. In contrast, the un-licensed and not infrequently illegal gambling market in Sweden will gain market share if the proposal to raise the gambling tax is implemented.

The association’s Gustaf Hoffstedt said: “The government can hardly time its proposal to raise the gambling tax to a worse time. We are in a situation where fewer and fewer players choose to play on the safe licensed market, and more and more on the unregulated, unlicensed gambling market. That the government proposes to raise the tax for licensed gambling is the best Christmas present you can think of – to the unregulated and unlicensed gambling market.”

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