Operator association der Deutsche Sportwettenverband (DSWV) has criticised the 5.3% turnover tax set to be included alongside the country's State Treaty on Gambling, the Glücksspielneuregulierungstaatsvetrag (GlüNeuRStv).
The tax – 5.3% on online poker and online slot turnover – was approved by the Bundestag earlier this week.
However the DSWV argues that the government is “jeopardizing the success of the new gambling regulation in Germany” with the inclusion of the tax, which will tax a customer’s individual stake rather than the operator’s earnings from slots and poker.
DSWV president Mathias Dahms said: “By taxing the individual stakes, the state asks the customer to pay for every single spin of the virtual slots – over and over again, every few seconds and even if the stakes come from previous winnings. There is a reason that all other EU countries have imposed an income tax on these games and not a gaming stake tax.”
This isn’t the DSWV’s first objection to the tax, havi..