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Turnover Tax prevents the successful development of a licensed online betting market in Poland

20 September 2016

The Remote Gambling Association (RGA) urges the Polish Government to change its online sports betting tax regime to one based on gross profits rather than turnover.

The Polish Government adopted a Bill on 19 July to amend the existing online gambling law. Despite the stated objectives, which include reducing the size of the unregulated market, the Bill does not address the key issue of a viable tax regime. The existing 12% turnover tax on sports betting has so far failed to build an attractive regime and it is bound to continue to do so, if not changed. The current turnover system will continue to prevent licensed operators from providing the required level of value and choice to Polish consumers.  As a result, Polish consumers will continue to seek out better offerings from operators who are licensed outside of Poland and who are not liable to pay tax there. The proposed blocking measures will not stop Polish consumers from doing so, as these measures can be easily circumvented.

For the full RGA Press release, click here

The accompanying Roland Berger report is titled ‘Regulation of online sports betting market in Poland’ (Considering alternative scenarios to define the best regulatory model for Polish online betting) is available for download by clicking here

For a Polish version of the press release, click here

For a Polish version of the Roland Berger report, click here

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