Published On: Fri, Apr 26th, 2013

The Government loses more than 2 million guilders from Sales Tax on illegal lottery

Robbie's LotteryWILLEMSTAD – The Government of Curacao is losing at least 2 million guilders from sales  tax in illegal lottery which is blooming at this moment. Even Chinese people are in the business of selling lottery without charging sales tax to their customers. Serious and professional lottery owners see their business lose money because there is no control, so they also decided to sell lottery tickets without charging sales tax.

Now it has become a trend when you want to buy lottery, they ask you if you want to pay sales tax or not. In a special book they make note of the tickets bought without sales tax. Lotteries that are not from Curacao are also by definition illegal, but nothing is ever done to combat this business. Now, next to the “Wega di Number Korsou” (Curacao Lottery), Smartplay, Daily, Aruba Lottery are also being sold. Even on Sunday, the Santo Domingo lottery is being sold.

The Government loses about 2 million guilders a month in sales tax, which is about 24 million guilders per year. This is much more than the 15.7 million guilders the sales tax adjustment will bring in. This 24 million guilders is just one sector.

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