Romania waters downs proposed 40% withdrawal tax
The new proposed rates are 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 games 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 Law||Initial Proposal||New Proposal|
|1% tax on withdrawals below RON66,750||10% 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 RON10,000||RON11,650 + 40% tax above|
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.”