Dutch Lower House Approves Temporary Online Gambling Tax Hike (Update)

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated Dec 1, 2017

1.1 percent increase will boost tax rate to an expensive 30.1 percent before online gambling is even open for business

The seemingly interminable delays in implementing online gambling licensing and regulation in the Netherlands (the legislative wrangling has been going on for years) will hopefully be over by mid-2018 – the latest date for launch – but operators are facing stiff tax rates in the new market.

InfoPowa readers will recall that the Dutch government announced earlier this year that it planned a “temporary” 1.1 percent increase in the already steep rate on GGR set for licensees. This increase, which will be in force through to January 2019, will bring the basic tax rate to a pricey 30.1 percent of GGR.

After January 2019 the tax rate will revert to 29 percent of GGR derived from Dutch online punters.

This week lawmakers in the Lower House approved the legislation, rejecting a proposed amendment that the increase be limited to just 12 months. The proposal now moves to the Upper House for ratification.

Brian Cullingworth

Infopowa news was a staple of Casinomeister’s news from 2000 until 2019. Brian Cullingworth was the main writer, contributor, and was one of the most knowledgeable persons I have ever known involved in the online casino industry.

We first met in January 2001 at the ICE in London where I observed him going booth to booth interviewing online casino, software, and licensing jurisdiction representatives. Brian was also heavily involved with our forum as “Jetset“, he was involved as an informal consultant to eCOGRA, the OPA, and was a player advocate who assisted countless aggrieved players with his connections to industry folks. He also published “Casino Cautions” via Infopowa news for quite a number of years. These can be found in our news archives.

His passing in February 2019 was a dark day for us. He will be forever missed.

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