In the 2012 Budget government proposed the introduction of a national gambling tax based on gross gambling revenue. The gambling tax was to be introduced with effect from 1 April 2013. The proposal at the time was for the 1% levy to fund rehabilitation and awareness raising programmes to mitigate the negative effects of excessive gambling. In the 2012 Budget the government proposed an additional 1% levy “on a uniform provincial gambling tax base. A similar base will be used to tax the national lottery”.
In the 2019 Budget, the Minister announced that government intends to publish draft legislation pertaining to a gambling tax for public comment in 2019.