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Dutch MPs Seek Higher Gambling Tax

by Ulrika Lomas, Tax-News.com, Brussels

06 January 2016


An amendment has been added to a long-awaited gambling sector liberalization bill in the Netherlands which would increase the proposed rate of tax on online gambling operators.

As drafted, the Remote Gambling Bill, intended to open up the Dutch gambling market to foreign remote gambling firms, would impose a 20 percent tax on gross gaming revenue, with a de minimis threshold. However, according to local media reports, members of parliament belonging to the ruling coalition have included an amendment to the problematic legislation that would increase the tax rate to 29 percent, the same rate currently paid by land-based gambling operators.

The original proposals were supposed to be effective from January 1, 2015, but the bill has made slow progress through parliament, and it has yet to be approved by the lower house, the Tweede Kamer.

It is expected that lawmakers will vote on the measures in first weeks of 2016. However, the addition of the new amendment is likely to complicate matters, leaving the future of the proposals somewhat uncertain.

TAGS: tax | Netherlands | law | offshore | gambling | legislation | offshore e-gaming

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