U.K. Online Gambling Rule Changes Moves Forward

Published Friday, November 08, 2013 - Online-Casinos.com
U.K. Online Gambling Rule Changes Moves Forward

The government of the United Kingdom has decided it will impose a different set of rules on the online gambling industry there. These new regulations pertain to taxes and jurisdictional control with regards to taxes and registration in the U.K. Most online gambling operators are already speaking out against what they regard as an unfair situation being proposed.

The Gambling (Licensing & Advertising) Bill has successfully passed the second reading in the House of Commons. The new legislation will require online gambling operators that operate in the U.K. to possess a license issued by the UK Gambling Commission. Further study is still required by the Public Bill Committee before the bill is sent to the House of Lords.

November 19th is the deadline for submitting evidence in writing that could influence the bill proposed and the political backers who have introduced these changes. The new legislation if approved will take effect on May 1st 2014.

The Remote Gambling Association has been attempting to reduce the proposed fifteen percent consumption tax the U.K. government is proposing. The Association believes the fifteen percent should be reduced to ten percent in order for the industry to remain viable. The government has indicated it would reassess the impact of the rate one year after the Bill takes effect which many claim would be too late saying the damage would already be done to the online gambling industry.

It has been suggested by insiders that the plan to tax the online gambling industry may backfire on the Department for Culture, Media and Sport that oversees the U.K. Gambling Commission. To police the public who will migrate to less expensive jurisdictions on the net the government has suggested they may use IP censorship of non licensed operators that access the U.K. customer base. What the people of the U.K. think of that tactic has not yet been heard.

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