Bingo World Angered By Tax Rise

Bingo players throughout the UK  are angry at a government decision to increase tax on the game. Many are worried that the tax hike will mean that they will no longer be able to afford to play. On what seems like a tax to cash in on the popularity of bingo, the duty has just jumped from 15 per cent to 22 per cent – the only form of gambling to suffer the rise.

It basic terms it means that a 10-page book of games at the Mecca Bingo which currently costs £12 will rise by £1.50 to £13.50. The new tax will not only hit bingo players in the pocket but bingo operators to. The tax increase means that Mecca will have to pay an extra £9 million a year in duty. With many bingo halls throughout the UK already suffering from the new indoor smoking ban the increase in tax could not have come at a worse time.