On­line poker play­ers don’t have to pay tax on win­nings, ap­peal court rules

The Malta Business Weekly - - FRONT PAGE -

The Dutch tax of­fice has lost its claim to levy tax over the win­nings of dozens of on­line poker play­ers.

The tax of­fice had gone to court de­mand­ing that play­ers pay 29% tax on win­nings earned via the Pok­er­stars.eu web­site. It ar­gues the com­pany is based on the Isle of Man and is not an EU coun­try. This, the tax of­fice says, makes play­ers li­able for tax.

The play­ers, how­ever, said the com­pany is based on EU mem­ber Malta, which the court agreed with. Gam­blers are not li­able for in­come tax on win­nings earned within the EU.

Lawyer Pepijn le Heux, who rep­re­sented be­tween 75 and 100 poker play­ers said some of his clients had faced tax de­mands of over €500,000. Those who have paid tax can use Tues­day’s rul­ing to claim back the cash, he said.

The tax of­fice has six weeks to de­cide whether or not to ap­peal to the supreme court.

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