Goa Chief Minister raises entertainment tax and license fees for Goan casinos

Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar says there will be a hike in the entertainment tax and license fees for onshore and offshore casinos in the state, local media reports.

During his budget speech in the legislative assembly, Chief Minister Parsekar said the entry tax for casinos will be increased from Rs. 700 (US$10.40) per visitor to Rs. 1,000, and yearly casino license fees for onshore and offshore casinos will increase by a minimum Rs. 1 crore to a maximum of a Rs. 2 crore, depending on the size of the casino.

“The Goa government has progressively increased the license fee and entry taxes for casinos making it difficult for the casino industry to continue operations,” said Jay Sayta, gaming lawyer.