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Taxation: Bingo

Volume 492: debated on Friday 8 May 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reason the rates of tax imposed on profits from bingo participation and other gambling activities differ; and if he will make a statement. (273125)

The Government consider all relevant factors when establishing and maintaining fair regimes for the gambling taxes, including the state of the gambling industry, wider economic considerations, and the state of the public finances.

For bingo, the overall effective tax rate is 22 per cent. down from 35 per cent. in 2003. This is in line with that on casinos, machines and the national lottery, all of which are taxed within a 20-25 per cent. range.