How To Guides
- Childbirth & Education
- Legal Formalities
- Pensions & Benefits
- Property & Accommodation
Did you know...?
- Airports and Airlines Spain
- Paramount Theme Park Murcia Spain
- Corvera International Airport Murcia Spain
- USD weekly currency update- 29 July 2016
- When Expat Eyes Are Smiling
- Meet Wincham at The Homes, Gardens & Lifestyle Show, Calpe
- QROPS 2014
- Spain Increases IHT in Valencia & Murcia
- Removals to Spain v Exports from Spain
- The Charm of Seville
- Gibraltar Relations
- Retiro Park : Madrid
- Wincham announce opening of Marbella office
- Community Insurance in Spain
- Calendar Girls
- Considerations when Insuring your Boat in Spain
- QROPS – HMRC Introduces changes that create havoc in the market place
- QROPS – All Change From April 2012
Gov't makes last-minute changes to online poker regulations
Regulation of the online gaming market in Spain is due to take effect from the 1st of June, with a number of major companies expected to recieve their licences to operate during the next few weeks.
Such companies include PokerStars; 888; Ladbrokes and bwin.party, but things look likely to change following an eleventh-hour change demanded by the Spanish Government after seeing an opportunity to bring some much needed revenue to their coffers.
The proposed change means that retrospective taxes will now be applied to all of the earning from these companies dating back as far as 2008, with this being likely to deter large operators from the Spanish market. PokerStars' demand is expected to reach €200 million, while bwin.party would have to pay around €60 million.
If some of these larger players decide to pull out of the Spanish market altogether it may mena that smaller companies with lower tax liabilities - such as Ladbrokes and William Hill - would be able to enter the market in a much more dominant position than previously thought.
Spain's handling of the situation surrounding the regulation of online poker has attracted criticism from the sector, with many companies having had to jump through numerous hurdles and wait for months in order to aquire their licences.
Companies such as PKR; Paddypower Poker; Unibet and Bodog have already pulled out of the Spanish market following the application of a 25% tax on all operating profits, and it now looks likely that further companies will be deterred from continuing their interests here.
Latest News & Stories
- Damaged UK Nuclear Submarine Leaves Gibraltar
- Spain Seeks Criminal Charges Against Catalan Parliament
- Shark Attack Closes Costa Blanca Beach
- Spain's Rajoy to start government talks with other parties on Friday
- Expats Urged to Help Find Abductee
- Spain’s six leading banks all set to pass the EU’s stress tests
- EU Drops Fiscal Fines and Sanctions against Spain
- EU Orders Spain to Recover Rail Test State Aid
- Spain Registers First Zika Virus Birth in Europe
- Tensions Heat Up Between NATO Allies as Spain and UK Spat Over Gibraltar