Aussie rugby league in bid for a slice of online sports betting p.o.c. tax

News on 21 Jun 2018

The imposition of a point of consumption taxes by several provinces on Australian online sports betting operators has prompted the National Rugby League to begin lobbying for a slice of the tax bonanza, according to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald.

The newspaper reports that the League has plans to approach Australian states that have introduced the tax, starting with New South Wales, which recently announced that it will be introducing a 10 percent of GGR p.o.c. tax next year (see previous report).

League sources told the newspaper that up to A$ 20 million could accrue annually to the League if the lobbying is successful in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria – the three states where the League operates clubs.

The NRL is not the only sports body queuing up for a cut; Racing NSW has successfully lobbied the New South Wales government for a guaranteed A$ 40 million from the p.o.c. tax harvest via a 2 percent deal.

The newspaper speculates that other sports bodies may be motivated to jump on the p.o.c. bandwagon as well

Australian states that have confirmed the imposition of p.o.c taxes at various rates include South Australia, Western Australia, ACT and Queensland (all at 15 percent of GGR), New South Wales at 10 percent of GGR and Victoria at 8 percent. The Northern Territory and Tasmania have yet to impose the tax.

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