Portugal Under Pressure for Gambling Tax Changes

As reported in the past, Portugal has a confusing relationship with online casino gaming. One particular point of contention tends to come from they’re extensive, often excessive, gambling taxes. At the moment, players are paying what the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) call “discriminatory” tax amounts. This has seemingly had a negative impact on their gaming experience, and now calls are renewed for a change in how Portugal manages its gambling taxes.

These interesting discussions have been going on for some time. This is the first time, though, that a body as large as the EGBA has actively called for this. Since the latest discussions began in the Portuguese government to enact change, more and more voices have come out in favour of a change to Portuguese gambling tax laws.

This interesting shift is likely to bring quite an engaging adjustment to the entire nations gambling laws. New changes to taxation, with the aim of lowering tax rates, could see more players take up the options available to them. This has become a topic of some debate for a while across the wider European gaming scene. Why? Because many see Portugal as an example of excessive, often regressive, taxation.

Should the EGBA succeed in their pressure of the Portuguese government, though, changes could arrive sooner than one might expect. There is presently an ongoing movement within Portuguese gaming to refine the tax laws, too, so this could be the beginning of much-needed change.

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