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Casino taxes - do I have to pay?

Casino taxes - do I have to pay?

How to pay taxes correctly when playing at a casino?

When playing at the best online casino, there are some things you should definitely pay attention to. Many players wonder if they have to pay taxes at all when they play, and if so, how much? The answer to this question is relatively simple. We will explain how gambling taxes work and what you, as a gambler, should pay attention to.

Casino taxes - do I have to pay?

First of all, you don't have to pay taxes on winnings received privately. So, if you play at a gambling house, online casino or similar establishment and win money, it should not be taxed and you can easily put the entire amount into your account.

However, if you win a lot of money, the situation is somewhat different. The winnings themselves are not taxed. However, if it ends up in a bank account and, depending on the amount, interest is accrued on it, you have to pay tax - and usually at a very high rate.
Another exception is if you gamble so often that you can claim gambling as income. For example, there are professional poker players who make a living from this game. Winnings from it are considered income, which should be taxed regularly.
However, if a person regularly plays at a casino, this is not a problem. Remember that the casino you play at must have a valid license to ensure its own safety. If the casino is completely legal, you won't have to pay taxes either.

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So, if you play at a casino here and there and don't use it to make money, you don't have to worry. However, this is not the case with betting on sports or horses, for example. If a person wins money here, there is a 5% tax on all winnings, which must then be paid. In most cases, this tax is paid by the betting provider and you get the rest of your winnings; in other cases, you have to pay it yourself. It depends on the provider.

Conclusion about taxes.

So, as you can see, there is no need to worry about taxes. Most players will only play casinos occasionally and will not use the winnings they get from the gambling hall as earnings. Thus, the average player need not worry.
However, if a person earns enough to live on, the German government would like to get its share as well. Such cases, of course, are rare, but they should still be taken into account. If you are just gambling for fun, it is not a problem. If you bet in between bets, however, you have to pay 5% - keep that in mind.

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