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Finance Act 2004

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15General betting duty: pool betting

(1)The Betting and Gaming Duties Act 1981 (c. 63) shall be amended as follows.

(2)For section 4 (pool betting, the Tote, &c.) substitute—

4Pool betting on horse and dog races

(1)General betting duty shall be charged on pool betting which—

(a)relates only to horse racing or dog racing, and

(b)is not on-course betting.

(2)But subsection (1) does not apply to pool betting if—

(a)the promoter is outside the United Kingdom, and

(b)it is conducted otherwise than by means of a totalisator situated in the United Kingdom.

(3)The amount of duty charged under subsection (1) in respect of bets made by means of facilities provided by a person in an accounting period shall be 15 per cent. of the amount of his net stake receipts for the period.

(3)In section 5(7) (net stake receipts) and section 5B(4) (liability to pay) for “section 4(1) to (3)” substitute “section 4(1)”.

(4)In section 7B (conditions for charging pool betting duty)—

(a)in subsection (2)(b) omit “the bet is made otherwise than by means of a totalisator and”, and

(b)for subsection (3)(a) and (b) substitute—

(a)made wholly in relation to horse racing or dog racing,.

(5)In section 9(2)(a) (prohibitions for protection of revenue)—

(a)at the end of sub-paragraph (i) add “or”, and

(b)in sub-paragraph (ii) for “in the case of bets made otherwise than by means of a totalisator,” substitute “in any case,”.

(6)In section 10(2) (definition of pool betting) for the definition of “totalisator odds” substitute—

“totalisator odds” means the odds paid on bets made—

(a)by means of a totalisator, and

(b)at the scene of the event to which the bets relate.

(7)In section 12(4) (interpretation)—

(a)for the definition of “bookmaker” substitute—

“bookmaker” means a person who—

(a)carries on the business of receiving or negotiating bets or conducting pool betting operations (whether as principal or agent and whether regularly or not), or

(b)holds himself out or permits himself to be held out, in the course of a business, as a person within paragraph (a);;

(b)for the definition of “on-course bet” substitute—

“on-course bet” has the meaning given by subsection (4A);, and

(c)omit the definition of “sponsored pool betting”.

(8)After section 12(4) insert—

(4A)A bet is an on-course bet for the purposes of this Part of this Act if it—

(a)is made by a person present at a horse or dog race meeting or by a bookmaker,

(b)is not made through an agent of an individual making the bet or though an intermediary, and

(c)is made—

(i)with a bookmaker present at the meeting, or

(ii)by means of a totalisator situated in the United Kingdom, using facilities provided at the meeting by or by arrangement with the person operating the totalisator.

(9)In paragraph 10(1) of Schedule 1 (betting duties: power of entry) omit the words “, or that facilities for sponsored pool betting on those events are being or are to be provided,”.

(10)The amendments made by this section have effect in relation to accounting periods ending on or after the date of the passing of this Act.

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