Irish Gambling Taxes Set To Rise

By Brian Cullingworth, Last updated Oct 5, 2018

Sources report that the government has plans to double gambling tax

Quoting well-informed sources, the Irish Examiner newspaper reported Monday that the Irish government is set to hike gambling tax from 1 percent to 2 percent of GGR in the next budget, raising an estimated Euro 50 million by doubling the burden on operators.

Part of the additional revenue will be dedicated to gambling addiction treatment and services, the source revealed.

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe is set to include the measure as part of his Euro 3.4 billion ‘giveaway budget’. The gambling tax hike will represent a significant victory for the Independent Alliance, which called for the gambling tax to be doubled and for a property tax waiver to be introduced for elderly people on fixed incomes.

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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