Bingo seeks VAT relief to clear smoke
Bingo operators want VAT relief to offset impacts of smoking ban
Bingo halls want Gordon Brown to grant them VAT relief to offset set
potential losses from the
Bingo Association says 28% of its clubs will close and warns that
admissions will fall by 29% when the ban is introduced. Profits will halve.
The association says removing VAT will only cost the Chancellor £15m and
protect most of the clubs and safe 4,000 jobs,
According to the association bingo is the most heavily taxed form of gambling
in Britain, as it is hit by the double effect of paying 15% of gross profits tax
as well as VAT.