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A Taxing Issue

by Brendan Murray |  Published: Mar 01, 2013


Just as we were putting this issue of Card Player to bed news was breaking that Spanish poker players were the latest to come under the scrutiny of the beady eye of the tax man. This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise given the recent regulation and liberalisation of online poker in the country and the fact that many operators had to pay back taxes for operating in the country unlawfully for a number of years. The move towards ring-fencing poker liquidity within country borders — the so called approach to regulation — is as a result of the need to raise vital tax revenue in recession hit countries. Sweden has also taken a hard line on its online poker players tax affairs as has Italy where 4,000 players were found to have earned around $100 million which was not declared for tax. While taxes are a ...

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