Russian poker ‘amateurs’ propose earnings tax

A league of “poker amateurs” has proposed taxes on players’ earnings and on operators’ revenue in a bid to get online poker legalized, Poker 777 reports.Gambling is illegal in Russia (except in four designated areas) and in recent years the Russian authorities have been actively tracking down illegal land-based gambling rooms and online platforms.The Poker 777 reports says a league of poker amateurs has submitted plans to the Russian Ministry of Finance for a 13 percent tax proposal on players’ earnings and a 20 percent annual tax on the overall revenue of gaming operators. Gambling addicts and under age persons would be prohibited from playing and all players would be asked to present authenticated passports. Providers would have to licensed, and the league hopes that the new legislation would also clarify whether Russians gamblers have access to foreign online gaming platforms.