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Gaming machines: Problem gambling levy

Problem gambling levy

The government has a levy on player expenditure called problem gambling levy. The purpose of this levy is to recover the cost of developing, managing and delivering an integrated problem gambling strategy.

Gambling operators are liable for paying the levy

The following gambling operators are liable for paying the problem gambling levy:

Gambling operators Income liable Rate (GST-exclusive)
Casino operators Casino wins 0.74%
Non-casino gaming machine operators Gaming machine profits 1.31%
The New Zealand Racing Board Betting profits 0.60%
The New Zealand Lotteries Commission Turnover less prizes paid and payable 0.30%

The above rates were set by Order in Council and apply from 1 July 2013. The rates are reviewed every three years. These replace the rates that applied from 1 July 2010, listed below.

Gambling operators Income liable Rate (GST-exclusive)
Casino operators Casino wins 0.72%
Non-casino gaming machine operators Gaming machine profits 1.48%
The New Zealand Racing Board Betting profits 0.51%
The New Zealand Lotteries Commission Turnover less prizes paid and payable 0.34%

The levy is calculated using the formula supplied in the Gambling Act 2003, based on the level of attributable harm and total revenue in each sector.

Responsibilities of Inland Revenue and Ministry of Health

We are responsible for collecting PGL together with the gaming machine, totalisator, casino and lottery duties. The PGL component of these duties is included on their respective returns. We also issue a GST tax invoice which shows the GST content of PGL.

The Ministry of Health is responsible for the prevention and treatment of problem gambling, including:

  • funding and coordinating national and local problem gambling services
  • raising awareness of the risks of problem gambling
  • conducting in-depth research about problem gambling in New Zealand so that more can be learned about the harm it causes.

 Useful contacts for problem gambling in New Zealand 

  • Ministry of Health - for further information about the development, management and delivery of the problem gambling strategy.
  • Department of Internal Affairs - for further information about the administration of New Zealand's gambling legislation and regulations.
  • Problem Gambling Foundation - for a variety of resources phone 0800 664 262 (0800 NO GAMBLE). Provides free information, research and community education services on problem gambling issues including counselling for gamblers, their family and others affected by problem gambling.

All these useful contacts can be found at Related websites >

                    Helplines
Helpline Phone number Hours of operation
Gambling Helpline 0800 654 655 24 hours, 365 days
This helpline also has a number of specialist services including:
Māori Gambling Helpline 0800 654 656
Pasifika Gambling Helpline 0800 654 657
Youth Gambling Helpline 0800 654 659
Gambling Debt Helpline 0800 654 658

 

 


Date published: 28 Jun 2013

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