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Italy Eases Up Online

This year could be a good one for online gaming operators in Italy, with a less onerous tax structure and better wagering options.

The biggest change would be in the burdensome tax on betting turnover, which now ranges from 2 percent to 5 percent. The new framework would levy a 20 percent tax on gross gaming revenue, the same framework now in place for online poker and casino verticals. The tax rate would also be flexible; depending on market performance, the 20 percent rate could be reduced.

Sports betting operators also would see an end to the so-called “palinsesto ufficiale,” the official list of accepted wagering types.