Gambling games in Italy

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Lotteries The modern gaming market began in Italy in 1946 when Sisal proposed a football pool (known today as Totocalcio). Just two years later Sisal invented Totip, a form of betting based on the outcome of horse races. The lottery … Read More

Gambling taxes and law in Malta

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Taxes Lotteries The National Lottery is operated under an exclusive licence with private licensee pursuant to terms – including the payment of fees and taxes – included in that license. Based on information provided to us by the Lotteries and … Read More

Sports betting in Ireland

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Horseracing in Ireland was organised by the Irish Horseracing Authority until 2002. The Irish Horseracing Authority was established in December 1994 under the Irish Horseracing Act. The Irish National Bookmakers’ Association is a trade association representing independent bookmakers who form … Read More

Gambling taxes and law in Luxembourg

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Taxes Section 12 of the Act of 20 April 1977 states that the Grand Ducal State operates a levy on gaming revenue for the benefit of municipalities and the state. This product is made for consideration of games (roulette etc.), … Read More

Gambling law and barriers in Lithuania

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Taxes Lottery and gaming tax shall be paid by legal persons that operate lotteries in accordance with the Law on Lotteries and gaming in accordance with the Gaming Law and is regulated by Law on Lottery and Gaming tax. The … Read More

Gambling games in Hungary

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Casino Gaming The first casino in Hungary opened in 1981 without a gaming law, and it was followed by several others. The Gambling Act came into force in 1991, at a time when nine casinos were operating in Hungary and … Read More

Gambling law and barriers in Latvia

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Taxes Pursuant to the Law on Lotteries and Gambling Duties and Taxes, companies which, in accordance with the law, have received a licence to organise and run lotteries and games of chance, pay a lottery and gambling tax. A state … Read More

Gambling games in Greece

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Casino Gaming There are seven casinos licensed to operate on the Greek mainland, and about ten others operating on Greek islands, particularly Corfu and Rhodes. There are only two casinos in Athens. Generally speaking, casinos in Greece are resort-based and … Read More

Gambling games in Germany

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Casino Gaming As with other sectors of the gambling market in Germany, the development of the casino sector has been limited by the strict regulations and exceptionally high tax rates and duties. There is no direct regulation of the German … Read More

Gambling taxes, laws and barriers in Ireland

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Taxes Betting services are not subject to VAT, bookmakers do not need to register nor can they claim VAT paid. The applicable rate of tax for betting has now been reduced to 2% of turnover on «away events» and off-course … Read More

Gambling games in France

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Lotteries In 1933 the French parliament authorised the establishment of a national lottery. Initially the profits were allocated to accredited public causes such as the war veterans’ retirement fund and assistance for victims of agricultural disasters. In 1979, the French … Read More

Gambling games in Hungary

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Taxes Gambling organizers, including operators of gambling money-winning machines, pay game tax in accordance with the following rules: Gambling organizers assess, return and pay game tax on their own initiative (self-assessment). Game tax is treated as an expense for accounting … Read More

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