TaxCorporate TaxBig win for bingo company Rank Group

Big win for bingo company Rank Group

Hundreds of millions of VAT rebate claims are expected to be made by amusement arcades, bingo halls and pubs following the outcome of a landmark case

Rank Group, owners of Mecca Bingo, won £36.3m in repayments following a
decision by the VAT and Duties Tribunal.

It ruled charging the sector 17.5% VAT contravened the EU laws on fiscal
neutrality and put bingo gaming machines and one arm bandits in unlicensed
premises on the same footing as those in casinos.

‘This is a huge setback. If the decision stands, hundreds of millions of
pounds will have to be paid back,’ said Paddy Behan, head of indirect tax
services at Mercury Tax Group.

The tribunal’s position upheld a European Court of Justice case, Finanzamt v
Linneweber 2005.

For more go to
financeandtaxtribunals.gov.uk/decisions

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