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Additional tax for gambling machines sold in Latin American

The Mexican government has issued a federal government decree that states that electronic gambling machines sold into the Latin American country will be subject to a new 15% import tax duty.

According to the Yogonet.com website, the additional tax is part of a series of new tariffs introduced through the Law of General Taxes on Importation and Exportation.

“The gambling industry is a social and economic phenomenon that is growing in our country, whose exposure increases the risk of the activity interfering at the family level, socially or on the working relationships of the people involved,” the government decree stated.

“It is necessary to create a tariff code to classify the importation of machines, the electric, electronic and mechanical operation, or the combination of them, through which there are held draws with numbers or symbols, which are subject to chance, with the aim to permit a better monitoring and surveillance of them.”

In recent years, Mexican authorities have suffered from the illegal operation of gambling machines.

The Tecnologías de la Información de Normalización y Certificación Electrónica civil association estimated that in 2011, there were more than 100,000 slot machines installed in casinos, with around one third being operated without certified software against alterations.

In 2012, it was estimated that there were 75,000 illegal slot machines at federal, regional and local level in Mexico Valley.

The Association of Licensees, Operators and Providers of the entertainment and betting industry in Mexico (AIEJA) reported that by the middle of 2013, around 90,000 slot machines were operating in the country throughout 750 betting venues.

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