Gaming is a “soft target” for politicians and the Obama administration is looking into a backdoor method of engorging more gaming taxes. It is “considering” (but not yet imposing) lower thresholds for the “IRS lockdown” on winnings at keno, bingo and slots. In the case of slots, the proposal is fiendishly clever: If you hit a $1,200 jackpot or higher, you would no longer be taxed on that win alone but on any other winnings from the same, 24-hour period. (Ah, the downside of the player’s card!) The official mumbo-jumbo is here.
The taxmen are also considering halving the Continued >>
Sheldon Adelson sock puppet Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R) would be holding his much-ballyhooed hearing on Internet gambling today, had Mother Nature not intervened and forced a postponement. When it happens, it’ll be pretty much the kangaroo court you’d expect. His star witness is rabid and troglodytic University of Illinois boffin John Kindt, who has advocated for the federal seizure of all tribal casinos on the grounds of “allegations of misuse, non-accounting, and even malfeasance involving gambling revenues in Native American operations.” Blithely ignoring tribal sovereignty, he would convert them to “educational, cultural, and business facilities.”
But Kindt doesn’t just reserve his wrath for aboriginals. Known for his dodgy research claims, Kindt idolizes the anti-gambling policies of Vladimir Putin and advocates the criminalization of gaming. Compared to the despot-slurping Kindt, the other witnesses are practically Continued >>
Unlike most states, Maryland hasn’t hit the saturation mark and a bill to put a slot route into Thurgood Marshall Airport will probably have little effect on that. The slots will only be accessible to ticketed passengers, with the idea being to ‘tax’ out-of-state travelers for Free State infrastructure improvements. Not only has the airport stopped opposing the concept but the House Ways & Means Committee has new 13 members, at least some of whom could be receptive to the idea, which has been killed annually for the last six years, like some sort of legislative skeet shoot.
According to the Baltimore Sun, the city’s airport would — if the legislation is passed — have more slot machines than McCarran International Airport. Look to thy laurels, Continued >>