Even if the boom of online casinos in the country does not happen, but the tax base will still expand, said the representative of the ministry:
Now gambling organizers are trying to diversify their activities and offer their customers other options. These may include hotel business, excursions, transport services, some even medical tourism opportunities are promoted in this way. Online casinos are also part of this diversification. And, of course, it will lead to increased tax revenues from such businesses.
It is still difficult to predict what amounts may be discussed in the case of virtual gambling business. But if we look at receipts from gambling establishments in general, it becomes obvious that they have been systematically growing in recent years. For example, at the end of 2017 organizers of gambling transferred 44.8 million rubles to the budget. Last year this amount was 47.3 million rubles. And this is only a tax on gambling business. And the state also receives the income tax with the winnings (in the amount of 4%) from 2016, which is paid by players. Thus, they received Br33.3 million from the budget in 2017, while in 2018 – Br35.9 million.
Revenues from gambling business only for the tax on gambling business are comparable to revenues from such sectors as pulp, paper and paper products, as well as printing and replication of recorded media. A mechanism for levying taxes on virtual gambling establishments has already been prescribed. Ordinary casinos pay a monthly tax on gambling business, which includes a fixed rate on physical objects (gaming tables and machines, cash betting offices and sweepstakes), as well as a tax of 4% on positive difference. In online casinos scheme will be a little simpler: only tax will be paid on the positive difference between the money received from customers and paid winnings. Plus the income tax on players.
Additional revenues to the budget, an incentive for the development of tourist services – all this is fine, but no matter how abrupt, this type of activity is socially dangerous. And this is very well understood in the Ministry of Taxes and Levies:
We see all the risks, realize that people can form a game dependence, which is quite difficult to identify and treat. There are facts when gamblers put themselves and their family in a difficult situation. Yes, the government policy on gambling business regulation is aimed at ensuring that this area provides adequate revenue to the budget. But at the same time we cannot say that such business is a priority in the development of the economy.