EXPERTS KENYA Kenyan operators escape tax hike as Finance Bill becomes law 2 months ago Szarlot Post Views: 120 Kenyan operators will officially avoid the tax hike on stakes proposed by the country’s government for at least one more year, as the country’s Finance Bill was signed into law. However, operators will face a new tax on their marketing spend. President Uhuru Kenyatta singed the bill into law, that the excise tax on betting stakes remains at 7.5%. The treasury had previously attempted to change this rate to 20%, as well as introducing a 15% excise tax on gambling advertising spend. However, after review from the country’s Finance and National Planning Committee, the rate was restored to 7.5%. At the time, it said that the current 7.5% rate had been in place for less than one year, so there had not been enough time to judge if it has been a success. In addition, the committee also threw out a tax on gambling advertising spend, similar to an existing tax on marketing spend for alcohol. When considered on the floor of Parliament, MPs agreed to keep the tax on stakes at 7.5%. However, they reintroduced the tax on marketing spend, at 20%. After Parliament and the Senate passed the bill, it was sent to Kenyatta, who signed it into law. The country’s excise tax on stakes has been a major point of controversy in recent years, starting in 2019 when the treasury raised the rate from 10% to 20%. After this increase, which itself had come on the heels of a long dispute over a different 20% tax on player winnings – came into effect, local market leaders Sportpesa and Betin both withdrew from the market. In 2020, though, the Finance Committee proposed lowering the rate, noting that tax revenue had actually decreased because of the onerous taxes. This proposal was accepted and became part of the 2020 Finance Bill. However, Treasury Secretary Ukur Yatani then immediately announced that the tax should never have been scrapped and that the government was working to bring it back. It took steps to do so with its initial version of the 2021 Finance Bill, which would have raised the rate back to 20%.However, the Finance Committee again made changes, this time reducing the stake levy to 7.5%. Source: igamingbusiness.com About Post Author Szarlot I am a fan of casino games especially roulette and blackjack. After that I analyze current events in the gambling industry. See author's posts SzarlotI am a fan of casino games especially roulette and blackjack. After that I analyze current events in the gambling industry. Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Print Tags: Finance Bill, Kenya, tax Continue Reading Previous Nigerian lawmakers want to collect NIN customers before bettingNext One Week To Go Until the Gaming Industry Unites in Tanzania – SBEA+ 2022 More Stories BETTING KENYA Gambling operators ignore orders to close during the election 1 day ago Iwo Bulski EXPERTS SOUTH AFRICA BMM South Africa gets licensed to provide compliance testing services in Tanzania 2 days ago Iwo Bulski EXPERTS WORLD NEWS WhatsApp allows people to sneak out of group chats 2 days ago Samuel BETTING KENYA Kenyans spend over KSh 300b on bets, cigarettes and liquor yearly 2 days ago Szarlot EXPERTS SOUTH AFRICA GLI Africa expands service offering 2 days ago Samuel EXPERTS KENYA Poor tax policy erodes Kenya’s investor attractiveness – survey 3 days ago Szarlot BETTING KENYA Kenyan government orders all operators to close for election day 3 days ago Iwo Bulski EXPERTS WORLD NEWS Answers to the iGaming industry’s most pressing questions 4 days ago Samuel EXPERTS SOUTH AFRICA Illegal slots seized, destroyed in raids 4 days ago Iwo Bulski BETTING KENYA The government should work with the betting industry 2 weeks ago Iwo Bulski KENYA ONLINE The influencers paid to push hashtags 2 weeks ago Iwo Bulski EXPERTS NIGERIA SBWA + 2022 Summit this week in Nigeria 2 weeks ago Iwo Bulski 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. Δ This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.