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Netherlands Pulls Appeal in Player Tax Case

This week the Netherlands revealed that they have pulled their appeal in a court case that saw it trying to scoop up tax money on the winnings of Dutch players.

The case involved the PokerStars.eu website, which is based in Malta (part of the EU), and whether or not that overruled the fact that PokerStars is based in the Isle of Man (not part of the EU) and whether or not that made Dutch players liable for taxes on winnings. The Dutch government felt that players were liable for the tax, but pro player Freerk Post opposed that, and argued that because the .eu site had a Maltese gaming license, they should have no taxes on earnings due.

That case went to court last year, and the Amsterdam Court of Appeal ruled in favor of Mr. Post, and the government appealed the decision, potentially pulling the case for an additional year or more. That decision was pulled on February 3rd, granting players and PokerStars a big boost.

Commenting on the decision a PokerStars representative said, "PokerStars is pleased that the Belastingdienst has withdrawn its appeal against the Amsterdam Court of Appeal ruling that a (Dutch) player can play on PokerStars [EU site] without paying tax on winnings. This confirmation is great news for affected players who can play on PokerStars with the knowledge that the tax status of PokerStars [EU site] has been confirmed."


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