Betfair Exchange Tax Dispute Compels German Exit

BETFAIR EXCHANGE TAX DISPUTE COMPELS GERMAN EXIT

07th November, 2012 at 09:46:28
Source: http://www.azonlinecasinos.com

Exchange model not viable under new tax laws

Unable to find resolution with German tax authorities, the Betfair Group Plc will withdraw its exchange product from the country saying "a five% tax on sports betting stakes introduced this year make its exchange model unviable in Germany ".

Betfair disputes that the new tax laws, that would make it liable for the 5% tax, apply to its betting exchange product, but is at odds with German tax authorities on its interpretation of the law.

German revenue amounted to 4% contributing approximately 6 million to Betfair's core revenue during its last financial year.

Potential tax liability discussions between the Group and other relevant parties continue on what may be due since the new law came into effect in July 2012 said a Reuters report, while an Oriel Securities analyst estimates those tax liabilities may amount to 20 million.

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