Gambling duty paid by UK operators surpassed GB£ 3 billion in 2019, a new record amount for the sector. The enforced shutdown of retail gambling in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic mean that it could mark a peak for the near future.
The amount collected in 2019 was 1.5% higher than that of 2018 but the regulatory changes which were introduced in 2019 caused some gambling sectors to perform better than others.
Lottery duty now accounts for 32% of all gambling taxes collected in the UK (2018: 28%). Machine Games Duty’s contribution fell from 24% to 19% in 2019 because of the restriction on stakes imposed on B2 Fixed Odds Betting Terminals in April 2019.
Remote Gaming Duty (RGD) (increased to 21% in April 2019) is the second largest contributor to gambling duty (21.4%).
The closure of retail venues for several months in 2020 will result in lottery duty and RGD taking an even larger share in 2020, although the overall duty total will likely be lower.