Trade Group Seeks Probe Of Proposed German Gambling Tax

Law360 (June 2, 2021, 2:23 PM EDT) -- A trade group for online gambling platforms lodged a complaint with European Union officials over Germany's proposed 5.3% tax on stakes in electronic poker games and slot machines, saying the levy would amount to illegal state aid.

In a statement Tuesday, the European Gaming and Betting Association, or EGBA, described its filing as a request for the European Commission to investigate whether the German proposal would violate EU rules against unfair government subsidies to business.

The group estimated the benefit to land-based gambling establishments in Germany would be €741 million ($905 million) a year.

The Bundesrat, the upper house of Germany's...

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