Guam lawmakers to tax video gambling machines

May 27, 2013 5:34 PM

There are gambling machines throughout the island of Guam but there is no law authorizing their use. Neither is there a law banning them.

To resolve a fight that has arisen among the attorney general’s office, the tax department and machine owners, some lawmakers have decided to foster a bill that would tax everybody involved, such as taxes on the machines, license fees, and taxes on winnings and on gross receipts.

The attorney general says even the proposed legislation would in effect legitimize the machines. This prompted lawmakers to ask how he could call the machines illegal without a court decision.

By taxing everyone involved, said Senator Dennis Rodriguez, “We’re affirming that those machines – and it’s limited, they can’t add any more – are the ones that are being authorized.”

Further discussions are expected to follow.

Ray Poirier is the longtime executive editor at GamingToday.

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