Tasmania Flags Operator-Friendly Tax Changes For EGMs

Some 20 months after its re-election, Tasmania’s conservative government has released planned tax rates for slot machine operators that will boost operator revenue and nudge up funds for responsible gambling, as the state transitions away from a gaming machine monopoly.

Pending legislative review, hotels and clubs currently hosting slots under a long-time Federal Group monopoly will receive individual licences for “existing EGM [electronic gaming machine] numbers” subject to a suitability review, the government said in a fact sheet released on Monday.

The Federal Group monopoly on Tasmanian slots expires on June 30, 2023, after which the company will source gaming revenue from its casino operations in Hobart and Launceston.

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