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South Africa Releases Interactive Gambling Tax Bill

by Robert Lee, Tax-News.com, London

17 November 2008


South Africa's Minister of Finance, Trevor Manuel, has released for comment the Interactive Gambling Tax Bill, which proposes to give effect to the taxation of interactive gambling activities.

The bill released by Manuel on Thursday provides for the imposition of a "special tax" on operators with an interactive gambling site in South Africa. The tax base will fall upon gross gambling revenue.

The tax is provided for in the National Gambling Amendment Bill, which was passed by the National Assembly on May 16, 2008. According to the government, this legislation seeks to ensure stronger regulatory oversight of interactive gambling, "as opposed to it remaining in the hands of offshore jurisdictions, with little or no protection for local consumers."

The Interactive Gambling Tax Bill will be tabled in Parliament during the first half of 2009. Comments on the legislative proposals must be sent to the Treasury before March 1, 2009.


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