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Nicaragua: el govern de Nicaragua aprova importants reformes del joc

By - 20 d'octubre de 2014

The Nicaraguan government has passed reforms which transfers control over the Nicaraguan gaming industry from the Ministry of Tourism to the Ministry of Finance and the Financial Analysis Unit (UAF).

According to lawmakers, the reforms mean that casinos and slot parlours will be “forced” to pay taxes based on their real profit after MPs unanimously approved an amendment to the Special Law for the Control and Regulation of Casinos and Gaming Rooms, or Act 766 as it is otherwise known.

Under new rules casinos and slot parlours will now come under the control of the Ministry of Finance, which will be aided by the Financial Analysis Unit, which is responsible for combating money laundering, along with the Tax Department of Nicaragua (DGI).

Congressman Wálmaro Gutierrez, Chairman of the Committee on Production, Economics and Budget of the National Assembly, welcomed the new reforms saying in the past that the industry had paid too little taxes to the state and from now on “will be forced to pay.”

However, concern is still growing around illegal gambling which continues to rise in small businesses. There are still an estimated 11 thousand to 13 thousand unauthorised slot machines located in pharmacies, markets, shops and bars in the country.

In Nicaragua there are currently 16 casinos, 750 slot parlours and around an estimated 13 thousand slot machines. Casinos generate around C$130m tax a year. Under current rules slot parlours which have up to 100 slot machines pay US$25 per month per machines. Those with 200 must pay US$35 per slot machine while those operating more than 300 slot machines must pay US$50 per month. The smallest slot parlour must house at least ten slot machines while the largest must hold above 71 slot machines with each category falling into a separate tax category.

Segons el govern, els canvis a les lleis de jocs de Nicaragua, que es van aprovar per primera vegada el 2011, són necessaris a causa del ràpid augment dels jocs al país. Descrivint la indústria del joc com un negoci cada cop més lucratiu, es va decidir que la institució més adequada per regular l'activitat era el Ministeri d'Hisenda. Les reformes també creen un nou "Consell de Control de Casino" que, juntament amb el Ministeri d'Hisenda, serà l'encarregat de regular totes les qüestions relacionades amb el joc en el futur.

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