Italian State Victorious In European Betting Terminal Case

The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has ruled in favour of the Italian government in its attempts to collect taxes on offshore bets taken through land-based terminals, setting it up for a windfall of more than €100m.

A case brought by the manager of a betting shop with connections to Stanleybet in Parma was ruled on by Europe’s top court last week.

It means that so-called data transmission centres (DTCs) will need to pay a 4 percent tax on turnover, as introduced by a 2011 Stability Law that brought hundreds of previously unlicensed betting shops into the Italian tax regime.

Although the centres are physical shops, they use terminals which allow players to place bets with bookmakers located offshore, including Stanleybet Malta.

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