In my opinion it is a pity that the extra 10% of tax didn’t go through and get approved and put more people off from gambling. It is said that you should only gamble what you can afford to lose, but this isn’t the case to the poor who do it just with hope in mind. Gambling of course is an addiction to many just like smoking. Pity the government are just looking for way to get funds from the poor and gullible rather than the riches made from organised crime. In fact taxing the poor is a kind of organised crime in itself!
The conservative party “Law, Order, Justice” (RZS) and members of the Blue Coalition had proposed that the gambling tax be raised from 10 percent to 15 percent, arguing that this should be calculated on a profit basis, reports the Novinite news agency.
But although the 15 percent increase motion failed, a proposal to increase the tax to 12 percent based on turnover passed the Council of Ministers.
Other taxation moves passed included a quarterly levy on gambling and betting machines.
The new taxes come into force in January 2010 as part of an amended Corporate Income Tax Act.
The Bulgarian Association for Entertainment and Gambling Games, which had earlier warned that tax increases could be the final blow to battling gambling companies reiterated its warning that the increased taxation could cause the collapse of the industry, risking 40 000 jobs and government revenues.