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The government of Kenya is getting ready to tax punters 20% on their gambling winnings, which would apply to lottery, sportsbetting, and casino winnings.
The change comes as the government had put verbiage into the Tax Laws (Amendment) Bill 2018, which would have betting operators hold 20% of winnings to pay off the government. This comes in addition to a 35% tax rate on operators, which is based on revenues. This has led many operators to leave the market, as they find the taxes too burdensome. It's likely that punters will follow suit, moving to unsafe offshore sites to get their action.
The government has justified the move stating that tax hikes were inspired by attempting to curtail gambling growth, especially by the country's youth.