Dutch Online Gambling Association’s Response to the Proposed Increase in Gambling Tax

May 17, 2024 | Tax

Gambling becomes more expensive. The gambling tax will go from 30.5 to 37.8 percent.

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The Hague, Netherlands (May 16, 2024) — The Dutch Online Gambling Association (NOGA) has noted with great concern the intention of the forming parties to increase the gambling tax from 30.5% to 37.8%.

Director Peter-Paul de Goeij: “The proposed increase in the tax rate by no less than 7.3% endangers the viability of the legal Dutch gambling market. Recent reports from the Gaming Authority already show that channelization is under pressure, the growth of the gambling market is leveling off and this growth is also lagging behind other European countries. The intention of the forming parties will lead to an even further decline in the legal gambling supply. This is extremely risky, knowing that illegal parties do not pay taxes and are not bound to the duty of care as prescribed in Dutch legislation and regulations, are already ostentatiously luring for the business of Dutch consumers.

“NOGA fears that the intended budgetary gain from this tax increase of €200 million will be in stark contrast to the significant social damage that will occur because Dutch consumers will increasingly resort to illegal providers, who do not pay taxes and therefore much more strict can compete for the favor of the Dutch player. These providers will experience the benefits of decanalization, but the financial and emotional burdens, for example because no action is taken in problematic gaming behavior, will be passed on to the Dutch taxpayer.”

SOURCE: Dutch Online Gambling Association (NOGA).

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