South African state turns to casinos for extra cash

South African state turns to casinos for extra cash

Friday, March 18, 2016 Totally Gaming
Casinos in Gauteng currently pay a flat nine-per-cent tax rate

Casinos in South Africa’s most populous province are set to see their taxes rise as the Gauteng state government seeks to increase its income.

Local casinos in the state, which includes Pretoria and has more than 13m inhabitants, will cease paying a nine-per-cent flat rate under plans unveiled by Barbara Creecy, Minister for Finance and e-Government.

The flat rate, which has been in place for more than 10 years, is lower than comparable levels in other major provinces in South Africa, such as KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape.

Creecy said: “We are in the process of reviewing casino licences in the province. The Department of Economic Development issued new casino gambling regulations for public comment in January 2016.

“We have received substantive comments from our stakeholders, which the department is factoring into the draft that will present for consideration to the standing committee on sub-ordinate legislation.”

She said the new regulations was the provincial government’s way of finding means to optimise its revenue collection.

“Our suggestion is that there should be a differentiation of rates between big and smaller casino operators.

“At the moment all of them were paying a flat rate of nine per cent. If we differentiate, it will mean that the big casinos were expected to pay a bigger amount while the fees for the small players will go down,” Creecy said.

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* WrB Africa will take place in Lagos, Nigeria from April 11-12. For more information visit http://africa.wrbriefing.com

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