An association representing casino operators, providers and license holders in Mexico, AIEJAasked the federal administration about fiscal changes aimed at unifying the taxes to which the casino industry is now subject.
Miguel Angel OchoaAIEJA president, assured that taxes “fiscally stifle the industry”, and argued that a single tax would help improve revenue control and better distribute benefits to municipalities as well as the federal and state coffers.
According to Ochoa, the most convenient situation would be if the benefits could be redistributed to those states where the casinos are located.
The president of the association said: “In general, taxes fiscally suppress the industry and indirectly promote underground and illegal gambling. They also discourage investment, so we welcome economic development. ”
Ochoa also shared details of taxes paid by the casino industry, noting that before the pandemic, 384 operating gaming halls had sent $ 251 million to the Treasury, as well as $ 126 million to states and municipalities.
Thanks to the president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador Currently, Mexico does not give new permits to open gambling halls. Although there are a total of 284 operating rooms, 36 authorization permits are allowed to open up to 754 casinos, but only if the ban is lifted.
According to AIEJA, improving tax laws would help new numbers in the country, and thus Mexico could receive greater contributions from gambling.
Back in January, AIEJA said casino operations in Mexico accounted for nearly three-quarters of the volume it had before the pandemic, when facilities were forced to close for a year.
Estado de México resumed 75% of its activities in casinos and jobs lost during the pandemic, although others, such as Chihuahuas, were forced to close again or reintroduce restrictive measures earlier this year as new recommendations were introduced to combat the pandemic in the North American country. .