September 8, 2022 - 3:00 pm

€ 168 million in gambling tax received by the Dutch state

Retrieving data from the CBS statistics office, a Dutch news website reports that tax revenues for games have increased recently. The increase is probably caused by the Dutch government allowing online gaming, which was recently made legal. In the first months of this year, according to, this amounted to € 168 million.

If you play on legal online gambling sites, the prize you win is exempt from taxes. A spokesman for Finance - who manages the treasury on behalf of the government - said that this was because providers of online games of chance pay these taxes.

As of 1 October 2021, the Chancellor's Office is competent for online games of chance. The tax revenue collected from gambling is not specified; however, it is assumed that part of it comes from online gambling. CBS cannot determine what proportion of the total revenue is attributed to online gambling.

Gambling tax in the Netherlands

The rules surrounding gambling tax are very complicated. Essentially, the Ministry of Finance asks gaming operators to transfer the tax to the Tax Office. This applies to bingo and lottery games such as the State Lottery and the Postcode Lottery. In addition, this rule applies to casinos.

To make things more complicated, you win a top prize at the state lottery. When this happens, players receive the net amount; for example 1,000 euros. However, 29% tax has already been withheld by the lottery. This amount is then transferred to the tax authorities.

The treasury received more money in the last months of the year than at the beginning. This is tradition; the end of the year has a higher yield than the beginning.

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