Bookmaker strikes back.

William Hill has hit out at the government’s reluctance to reduce betting duty as it prepares to launch an Internet-based tax-free betting service aimed at UK customers this week. The bookmaker has been among industry representatives calling for a reduction in the nine per cent UK betting tax in response to the growth of offshore betting in cheaper jurisdictions. William Hill plans to offer two services. One, based on the Internet, will be completely deduction-free. A telephone service, based in Ireland, will deduct three percent.

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