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Dutch Court: Players Don't Have to Pay Taxes on PokerStars Winnings

This week a Dutch court ruled that players from the Netherlands are not liable to pay taxes on their poker winnings from PokerStars.

The ruling was made by the Amsterdam Court of Appeals who ruled in favor of player Freerk Post who challenged the country's tax authority who is trying to get him to pay tax on the winnings. The tax regime said that because PokerStars is based out of the European Union, Post should be subject to paying tax.

Attorney Jurjen van Daal helped in the case, assisting Post in his argument and said, "The Tax Administration may establish within six weeks an appeal in cassation to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court is the only body that there is still a rule on. The Supreme Court will not reassess the facts. The Supreme Court will only see if the law is applied correctly. The question of where a company is located, is a very real test."

"The term of an appeal can last for one to two years. An appeal would be annoying because of the uncertainty for players during the time declarations and objections will be continued to be made. The Supreme Court decides how and when to deal with a case. I could imagine that the Supreme Court thinks it would be good to rule very quickly, just as the Amsterdam Court of Appeal has done. With a quick verdict, they avoid the performance of procedures from other poker players and prevent other courts and tribunals to become overloaded. Everyone needs certainty. Maybe the appeal could go a bit faster than average, but you're still looking at least another year."


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