Precision deemed crucial for skill game taxes

Precision deemed crucial for skill game taxes


(The Center Square) — Skill games have been restricted in Philadelphia and statewide regulation still hasn’t solidified in the General Assembly.

Although collecting tax revenue is the driving force behind the legalization push, lawmakers must tread lightly.

Advocates of the games, which differ from traditional gambling by letting users influence the outcome, warn that setting a tax rate too high could undermine their local benefits.

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The games face opposition from the casino industry and district attorneys warn that their presence can attract criminals. But skill game proponents argue that they could bring in $300 million in state tax revenue as well as support gas stations, bars, and veterans’ halls that need the income.

“I have been anxious to have this conversation for a very, very long time,” said Rep. Russ Diamond,

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