The Dutch Government has announced a series of changes to levies and fees ahead of the launch of the country’s online market from 1 October.
The gambling levy for all providers of games of chance will be increased due to a rise in costs for the national regulator Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) bought about by the introduction of the new online sector.
“Since its introduction on 1 April 2012, the gambling levy has not been indexed for price inflation and wage cost developments,” the government said in a statement. “This has the consequence that the levy amounts and levy percentages are no longer sufficient to cover the costs of the KSA in the context of supervision and enforcement.”
The Ministry of Justice and Security has stated that the gambling levy for online gaming will now be set at 1.95 percent of gross gaming revenue (GGR). The increased gambling levy, which was previously set at 1.75 percent of GGR, will come into effect when the market launches at the start of October.
The rise in fees will have a slight impact on land-based casinos. Casinos were previously required to pay a EUR219 fee per gaming machine, but this will now increase to EUR232.
On a positive note, licence fees will also be changed, with a reduction with immediate effect in most cases. Lotto and casino operators will see their processing fees drop from EUR48,000 to EUR28,000. Online gambling operators will see their fees remain the same at EUR48,000.