BETTING KENYA NEWS Kenya lawmakers vote to remove sports betting turnover tax 2 weeks ago Samuel Post Views: 65 Sports betting stakes were taxed at 20% after being introduced in the 2019/2020 budget, a decision that disrupted the market. Following the tax’s introduction, both Betin and SportPesa chose to withdraw their services from the East African country. Kenya’s National Assembly approved on Tuesday Finance Bill 2020, which repeals a controversial sports betting turnover tax. President Uhuru Kenyatta will now receive the bill and decide on whether or not he wishes to pass it into law. Sports betting stakes were taxed at 20% after being introduced in the 2019/2020 budget, a decision that disrupted the market. Following the tax’s introduction, both Betin and SportPesa chose to withdraw their services from the East African country. An entity in Kenya named Shade.co.ke proposed the removal of the sports betting turnover tax. They believe that its introduction has led to operators making cuts, including in local sports club sponsorships. The National Assembly’s Finance and National Planning Committee told Shade the following, Affiliate Insider reports. “The reason behind [removing the tax] was that the high level of taxation had led to punters placing bets on foreign platforms that were not subject to tax and thereby denying the government revenue.” They also explained that getting rid of the tax would “reverse the negative effects” it has had on the country’s sports betting industry. Finance Committee Chair Joseph Kirui Limo said that “this is going to enhance revenue, because currently, revenue is going down”. Shade also proposed lowering a 20% tax rate on player winnings to 10%, but this was rejected. Despite the National Assembly approving the removal of sports betting turnover tax in Kenya, it’s by no means a given that they’ll get their wishes. Kenyatta has been a vocal opposer of sports betting in the past, calling for others to help him remove it from the country. Last August, the President urged Kenyan lawmakers to implement a complete ban on gambling-related activities. Operators were also warned to pay in full any taxes that they were deemed to have owed the country’s authorities. According to the local media, Kenyatta said the below. “We have this thing called gambling and it’s so bad, I alone can’t finish it – go change the constitution.” Figures in the country have also considered introducing restrictions to gambling-related ads in recent years. Last November, a report published by the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) called for the closure of the private betting sector. They believe that the industry is “leading to hopelessness and greater poverty”. In its place, they proposed that a state lottery was introduced. Source: yogonet.com SamuelI am a journalist specializing in gambling in Africa and around the world. I am particularly interested in stories about games and casinos. Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Print Tags: Kenya, sports betting, taxes Continue Reading Previous 888 selects Betgenius as sportsbook content partnerNext The State of Rugby in Africa More Stories BETTING KENYA Esports betting in Africa – market opportunity 2 hours ago Iwo Bulski BETTING WORLD NEWS Serie A approve ISG as exclusive virtual media provider for crowd free stadiums 1 day ago Szarlot BETTING KENYA Interior CS, Matiang’i insists sports betting is still banned 1 day ago Samuel BETTING Africa’s Favorite Premier League Teams 1 day ago Peter Situma BETTING HOT NEWS Football Leagues Commercialization: Made Sports Betting Business Viable in Africa 2 days ago Adeleye Awakan BETTING SOUTH AFRICA Formula One Interested in a return to Africa 4 days ago Peter Situma Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.