Big win for bingo company Rank Group

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.

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