Scott Morrison and the federal government have designs on pocketing a share of the 15% point-of-sale consumption tax each state agreed to introduce in March.

By Joe McDonough


Posted on October 10, 2017

The Daily Telegraph has today revealed that federal Treasurer Scott Morrison has plans to take a cut of the state governments’ new online gambling tax.

Mr Morrison and the federal government have designs on pocketing a share of the 15% point-of-sale consumption tax each state agreed to introduce in March.

The tax changes would mean that the state in which a bet is placed would receive the tax revenue.

Of course, with NSW and Victoria expected to gain $130 million of annual revenue, the states are not likely to welcome the Treasurer’s proposal when they meet at the Council on Federal Financial Relations in two weeks’ time.

Earlier, the states (excluding Northern Territory, which allows attractive tax concessions to major bookmakers like Sportsbet and William Hill), agreed to consider a model whereby the federal government would provide a national solution to ensure consistency state-by-state.

Now, the Treasurer has put his hand out, saying Canberra deserves a cut.

“Any and all proceeds would be used to fund sport,” he said.

“If the states want the Commonwealth to provide a national solution — and we have been very upfront about that — we would want it to address funding requirements for national sports, rather than consider a national lottery.”

The tax would be introduced to NSW from January 2019.