Huge tax grab on gaming companies

Gaming licence for sale - 33m
Gaming licence for sale – only €33 million!

As Spain struggles to get a hold of it’s faltering economy it seems to be coming up with more outlandish ideas to fill it’s coffers.

As Spain’s regulators prepare to issue the first official gaming licences to operate gaming websites in Spain, Madrid has been contacting all foreign companies that have previously had Spanish customers, informing them of it’s intention to back date two taxes originating from the late 1960s and 1970s.

The back-dated tax demands have sparked anger among UK gaming companies. One senior source slammed the decision as a “blatant austerity tax grab”, and this opinion seems to be echoed by others across the sector. digital said on Monday it had received a bill for 33 million euros from the Spanish Government to pay taxes under two laws that did not previously apply to foreign gambling operators.

Nick Batram, analyst with Peel Hunt, questions the legality of Spain’s demands but said he expected more UK-listed companies to pay up simply to secure a licence.

“The legality of this move looks uncertain, but we believe that most operators will pay now and potentially complain later,” Mr Batram said.

Other major operators including Sportingbet, 888 Holdings and Betfair said are currently in “negotiations” with Spanish tax authorities.

I wonder… will those that pay get a licence and those that don’t, wont? Spain – this is disgraceful behaviour.


2 thoughts on “Huge tax grab on gaming companies

  1. DQ

    Ok! So let me get this straight….. they want to retroactively tax gaming companies but they want to limit what discriminated Brits can do about over taxation?

    The smart gaming companies will NOT pay now and complain later! lol There are many more places they can run their gaming businesses if Spain wants to try to screw them over, and in the end, Spain will lose. From what I can see, there is a whole world out there, and no one NEEDS to be in Spain for anything!

    Oh bull! What lunatic is running this country????????????

    Truly it is disgraceful and definitely desperate! Attempting to make these kinds of ridiculous and inane moves just shows how screwed up the government is, and that they will NOT be bringing Spain back from the void any time soon! Yes, let’s piss off everyone who is willing to live there and make a lot of money, or just have their companies there! Idiots! When the big dollar folks leave and flip Spain’s politicians the bird on the way out, who will Spain blame then?

    Looks to me like voting in Rajoy is like going from the frying pan into the fire!



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