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October 26, 2020

However, HMRC ruled that machines do not include an element of chance

British Government decides against tax

(UK).- The UK Government has backed down from plans to inflict an us$ 134.5 million tax on pub quiz machines. Reported in national press, Her Majesty’s Revenue & Custom (HMRC) was looking to reclassify SWP machines, such as Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Monopoly, as gambling machines, making them liable for Amusement Machine License Duty (AMLD).

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owever, HMRC has ruled that the machines do not include an element of chance. In reference to the Monopoly and Cluedo games in particular, the report said: "This is because the random number generator portrayed as a 'dice' does not affect the player's chance of winning."

The new tax would have cost the industry us$ 134.5 million, or us$ 3,956 per pub, the British Beer & Pub Association estimated.

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