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Sweden: Proposals to regulate gaming industry include tax measures

Sweden: Proposals to regulate gaming industry

The government on 5 April 2018 presented its proposals to regulate the gaming industry, in the form of a bill for submission to the Riksdag. The bill would require licensing of gaming activities—including online gaming—with the licensing fee set at 18%. The rules aim to provide consumer protections.


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Among the tax-related items in the bill are measures that provide:

  • Games for public purposes (e.g., bingo games or lotteries) would be tax-exempt. 
  • Players that win money from an unlicensed game would be taxed on their winnings.

The new rules are proposed to be effective beginning January 1, 2019. Voting on the bill in the parliament is scheduled for 7 June 2018. 


Read an April 2018 report (Swedish) prepared by the KPMG member firm in Sweden

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