Romania waters downs proposed 40% withdrawal tax

| By Zak Thomas-Akoo
The government of Romania has amended the existing proposal for a 40% tax on gambling withdrawals in its latest ordinance updating the Fiscal Code, effectively reducing the expected burden by changing the brackets for each level of tax to kick in.

The new proposed rates are a 3% on withdrawals below RON10,000 ($2,070/ €2,023/ £1,725), a 20% tax on amounts between RON10,000 and RON66,750 with an additional RON300 fee, and a 40% withdrawal tax on amounts exceeding that with a RON11,650 fee.

The tax will apply to income received from game of chance such as lotteries, slot machines and poker games.

This represents an effective decrease in the tax burden from the initial proposed law, but an increase on the current situation:

Current LawInitial ProposalNew Proposal
 1% tax on withdrawals below RON66,75010% tax on withdrawals below RON3,000 3% tax on withdrawals below RON10,000
RON667.50 + 16% tax on RON 66,750-445,000 RON300 + 20% tax on RON3,000-10,000 RON300 + 20% tax on RON10,000-66,750
25% tax above RON445,000 RON1,700 + 40% tax above RON10,000RON11,650 + 40% tax above
RON66,750

The Romanian online gambling trade association, the Association of Remote Gambling Organisations (AOJND), gave a sanguine statement in response to the changes: “The Romanian Government passed legislation to amend the existing legal framework for gambling.”

“Major changes include an advertising fee, increased annual fees including for software manufacturers and a scale to tax players based on their winnings. Amid these major changes we remain cautious, and we closely monitor the market and its reactions to this new reality.”

Previously, the AOJND criticised the change in law, predicting that the new regime would bring in 50% less in tax due to reduced activity.

At that time AOJND president Odeta Nestor said: “I have often emphasised that Romania is a success story in terms of gambling legislation. But this situation depends on the ability of the authorities to maintain an attractive legislative and fiscal framework.”

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