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Germany – Tax levels for German sports betting compatible with constitutional and European law

In two rulings of May 17, 2021 – IX R 20/18 and IX R 21/18, Germany’s Federal Fiscal Court (BFH) classified the sports betting taxation, which has been in effect since 2012, as compatible with the Basic Law (GG) and with European law. In the disputes, after abandoning the state monopoly, foreign companies offered sports…

Kenya – Kenya’s President signs in 7.5 per cent tax for sports betting

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has signed in a 7.5 per cent tax on betting stakes into law, approving a reduction from the initially proposed 20 per cent excise tax on betting stakes. Sports betting operators Sportpesa and Betin left the market when the level of tax increased from 10 per cent in 2019 in a…

Brazil – Allocation percentages approved in Brazil for distribution of sports betting tax

The Plenary of the Chamber of Deputies of Brazil, the country’s lower chamber floor, has approved Provisional Measures for tax levels for sports betting with the bill now being sent to the Senate to be signed off. The amendment has seen taxation moving from turnover to a Gross Gaming Revenue model. They also outline the…

Germany – EGBA submits EU state aid complaint over German online poker tax

The German Bundesrat’s proposal to level an additional tax on online poker and slots will provide a substantial and unfair tax advantage to the country’s land-based gambling establishments and be in breach of EU state aid rules, according to a formal complaint submitted by the European Gaming and Betting Association to the European Commission. EGBA…

UK – British horseracing betting levy income to fall by 17.5 per cent in 2021

The Horserace Betting Levy Board has said that the levy income for the year ended March 31 2021 will be around £80m, on the basis of provisional submissions to date from most Levy-paying bookmakers, including all of the largest operators. This likely outturn is at the midpoint of the Horserace Betting Levy Board’s (HBLB) most…

Germany – Online casino tax would advantage land-based operators in breach of EU state aid rules

A proposal by Germany’s Bundesrat to tax online poker and slots stakes at punitive rates would lead to more German players using unlicensed websites and offer a substantial and unfair tax advantage to land-based operators, as high as €290m each year in Bavaria alone. The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) has warned that the…

US – Congressional Gaming Caucus presents bid to axe handle tax

Chairs of the bipartisan Congressional Gaming Caucus have filed a bill aiming to abolish the 0.25 per cent handle tax on sports betting, claiming it is no longer needed, and that with illegal bookies and offshore sportsbooks not paying, it is actually counterproductive. Representatives Dina Titus (NV-1) and Guy Reschenthaler (PA-14), Co-Chairs of the Congressional…

Cambodia – Closures see Cambodia’s tax revenue halved in 2020

Tax from Cambodia’s 193 licensed casinos dropped by over 50 per cent in 2020 from US$85m in 2019 to US$40m in 2020. Cambodia’s casinos were closed from April 2 2020 with some reopening in August and others in October. In November, Cambodia approved new legislation on the Management of Integrated Resorts and Commercial Gambling (LMCG),…

Ukraine – Ukraine approves flat ten per cent tax rate across all gambling verticals

Ukraine’s Committee on Finance, Tax and Customs Policy has approved a flat 10 per cent tax rate across all forms of gambling. Committee chair Oleg Marusyak presented the bill to go with the Gambling Act signed into law in August 2020. Initially different components of gambling were to be taxed at different rates with a…