August 25, 2011
pier boss attacks government's gaming tax plans
New gaming taxes could threaten the future of amusement arcades
in Burnham-On-Sea, according to the manager of the town's pier.
Louise Parkin, who runs Burnham's Pavilion, has this week warned
that proposals by the government to introduce new legislation
could have a big effect on trade.
Her comments come as the Government considers a new licence charge
on all gaming machines.
Louise, pictured, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The gaming machine
industry is already on its knees. We are being taxed out of existance
and really don't need this as well."
"Here at the Pavilion, we have already had to cut back on
our staff numbers and reduce other costs this season. Income is
constantly being squeezed."
She added: "In the last eighteeen months across the UK,
285 traditional amusement arcades have shut with a loss of over
Under the new proposals all machine games will become exempt
from VAT and will become liable for Machine Games Duty, which
will be charged on the net cashbox takings.
The new duty will also take in some machines not currently subject
to Amusement Machine License Duty (AMLD), covering Category D
as well as Skills With Prize machines.
A period of government consultation on the new tax recently ended
and, if approved, the tax could be implemented by the Treasury
in the year 2013.