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June 23, 2021

New punitive tax measure introduced

The importation of slots taxed at 15% in Mexico

(Mexico).- The Mexican government has decreed a 15% tax on the importation of slot machines. An accompanying state document stated “The gambling industry is a social and economic phenomenon that is growing in our country, whose exposure increases the risk of the activity interfering at the family level, socially or on the working relationships of the people involved”


he measure is part of a series of new tariffs introduced through the Law of General Taxes on Importation and Exportation, which is currently in force.

“It is necessary to create a tariff code to classify the importation of machines, the electric, electronic and mechanical operation, or the combination of them, through which there are held draws with numbers or symbols, which are subject to chance, with the aim to permit a better monitoring and surveillance of them,” continues with the issuance of the document.

In 2011, the civil association Tecnologías de la Información de Normalización y Certificación Electrónica (Information Technologies of Normalization and Electronic Certification) estimated that, in the country, there were more than 100,000 slots  installed in casinos, and a third part of them operated without a certified software against alterations.

It is estimated that, in 2012, in Mexico Valley there were 75,000 illegal  slot machines at a federal, regional and local level, and warned that they could be generating winnings ranging from us$ 4,900 to us$ 9,900).

The Association of Licensees, Operators and Providers of the entertainment and betting industry in Mexico (AIEJA) reported that, by mid 2013, there were around 90,000 slots operating in the country, in 750 betting venues.

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