Gibraltar is a self-governing British Crown Dependency. It is a full member of the European Union and retains complete independence from the UK in matters of taxation. Gibraltar has become known as an online gambling center. As of September 2013, Gibraltar was hosting more than 25 online betting and gaming firms employing approximately 2,000 people. The gambling industry has become its largest employer and tenant. Many online gaming operators view Gibraltar as the best place to locate their operation.
Gibraltar began offering licenses to online gaming sites in 1998. The Licensing Authority grants the following types of gaming licenses: bookmaker’s license; betting intermediary’s license; gaming operator’s license; gaming machine license; lottery promoter’s license; pools promoter’s license; and remote gambling license. Licenses are only granted to operators with a proven track record who are licensed in a reputable jurisdiction and have good financial standing and a realistic business plan. Software testing is part of the process as well.
Online Gaming Tax is levied at a rate of 1% of relevant income, i.e., gaming yield for online casinos and bets placed for online bookmakers, capped at £425,000 with a minimum payable of £85,000. Betting exchanges are currently taxed on the same basis as fixed-odds operations. For Internet casinos, the gaming tax is currently levied at 1% of the gaming yield or gross profit. The maximum and minimum cap is the same as for fixed-odds betting.
There is no VAT (Value Added Tax) in Gibraltar.
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