New Gambling Bill

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), has published draft legislation regarding taxation of remote gambling services, including online bingo, casino websites and telephone betting.

The Draft Gambling (Licensing & Advertising) Bill, will supersede the Gambling Act 2005 and mean that all operators selling into the British market, including advertising to, or transacting with British consumers, must obtain a licence from the Gambling Commission and ‘subject to HM Treasury’, pay UK gambling tax.  

Despite its name, the Bill’s main concern is with tax collection rather than advertising. Under the 2005 Act, betting duties only apply to British-based operators. Under the new Bill, duties would be payable in respect of all British customers wherever the gambling operator is based.

The new regulations are expected to be introduced just after the Queen’s Speech in the Spring, with Royal Assent in Autumn, followed by a transitional period ahead of implementation in 2014.

Says Richard Lindsay, Legal Director, IPA: “Agencies with clients who run remote gambling operations from abroad into the UK should make sure their clients are aware of the Bill. If it goes through as currently proposed, it is likely to have important ramifications for them.”

Read the full Draft Gambling (Licensing & Advertising) Bill
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