HMRC launches online registration for gambling operators

4 November 2014

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the UK national tax authority, has launched online registration for offshore companies that offer gambling services to UK customers.

Companies liable to pay tax under the new rules for remote gaming duty, general betting duty and pool betting duty from December 1 are now able to register online.

The taxes will shift from being based on where services are supplied from to a ‘place of consumption’, meaning that no matter where a remote gambling operator is based, they will be liable to the taxes if they offer remote gambling services to customers living in the UK.

Sally Beggs, deputy director of gambling taxes at HMRC, said: “These new rules mean that all remote gambling businesses, whether based in the UK or elsewhere, will be taxed on the same basis.

“This will provide a level playing field so that all gambling by UK consumers is subject to UK tax.

“If your business is affected by these changes, you should register online as soon as possible and review your systems and procedures, in readiness for 1 December.”

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