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Poland – Change in taxes on winnings in casinos

You will not have to pay income tax on winnings from casino games – it assumes a draft amendment to several tax bills, which the government is to deal with on Tuesday.

The provisions of the PIT Act, in the wording binding until 31 December 2017, unequivocally treated gambling participants, providing that income generated by casino casinos and winnings in cash bingo games and raffle bingo games was completely free of income tax, while in the case of winners obtained in slot machine games, card games, dice games and cylindrical games arranged by the company performing the state monopoly in this respect, such exemption was not entitled.

Maintaining the tax differentiation of winnings depending on the entity organizing the game was not justified. Therefore, the amendment of October 27, 2017 provides that all winnings in gambling games are subject to 10%. PIT tax on winning, if their one-time value of the prize exceeds PLN 2,280 – adds the document.

In the justification, we also read that the provisions introduced by the amendment of 27 October “were not subject to sufficiently long consultations with interested parties”.

Hence, the change introduced in the present project “is aimed at guaranteeing uniform treatment of participants of legal casino games independently of the entity organizing the game, while maintaining the taxation rules applicable to winnings in game casinos valid until 31 December 2017, consisting in a total waiver of income tax on natural persons won in these games and the use of these solutions also for winnings in slot machine games, card games, dice games and cylindrical games arranged by the company performing the state monopoly in this regard. “

In the remaining scope, the taxation rules will remain unchanged in relation to the provisions in force so far and solutions contained in the amendment of October 27, 2017, which means that in respect of winnings in numerical games, cash lotteries, telebingo game, mutual betting, promotional lotteries, audiotext lotteries and lottery raffles, if the one-time value of these winnings exceeds PLN 2,280, an income tax of 10% will be charged from the value of the prize – adds justification.

The projected restoration of the taxation of winnings in force until 31 December 2017 is to rely on income tax for all winnings obtained in casino games, regardless of the entity organizing the game – summed up the proposals of the latest project by Deputy Finance Minister Wiesław Janczyk several days ago in an interview with PAP.

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