Dutch Senate OKs Online Gambling Tax

Published September 14, 2008 by OCR Editor

Dutch Senate OKs Online Gambling Tax

Bill applies to games of chance such as blackjack and craps.

Holland's Senate has cleared a bill that would allow the government to place an exorbitant tax on companies offering online gambling, rather than ban them altogether.

The bill, which applies to games of chance such as blackjack and craps, may also contain provisions targeting Dutch citizens who win at foreign online gaming sites.

It would allow the Dutch government to tax services provided by foreign online operators, companies the government had previously deemed unlawful in order to protect the monopoly of the state-run Holland Casino.

Several months ago the Dutch government asked banks to stop providing financial services to specific online casinos, such as Sweden's Unibet and the Dutch company Oranje Casino.

Earlier this year the senate narrowly rejected an amendment to the Dutch Betting and Gaming Act that would have given Holland Casino a trial monopoly on online gaming.

Holland, like many other European countries, has been running its state monopoly on gambling, in direct contrast to the European Union's regulations protecting free movement of trade and services.

EU pressure has already led other member nations, such as Sweden, to make moves to sell of their gambling monopolies.

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