Ukraine gambling regulator launches national exclusion system

Ukraine’s gambling regulator, the Commission for the Regulation of Gambling and Lotteries (KRAIL), has launched the country’s register of players who are not permitted to gamble.

This comes after a Ukrainian parliamentary committee finalised the country’s gambling tax bill after making minor amendments.

National exclusion system goes live

Ukraine has become the latest country to launch a national exclusion system for gambling.

Gamblers in Ukraine may self-exclude by applying to be added to the exclusion register for periods between six months and three years.

Family members may also add gamblers to the exclusion list if they can provide evidence of gambling-related issues. This could include evidence of high gambling spend, large unpaid debts, evidence the person in question is receiving housing benefits or unpaid child support payments.

Gamblers can also be added to the exclusion register on the basis of a court decision for no more than six months.

When a person visits a gambling facility, the operator must check the player against the register, which will include peoples’ dates of birth and ID numbers.

The creation of the exclusion register was outlined in Ukraine’s Gambling Act, which was signed into law last year. 

In September 2020, Ukraine’s Rada approved the passage of the country’s Gambling Law, bringing Ukraine in alignment with other European gambling markets.

The passage of the laws also marked a significant step in establishing a federal gambling marketplace after 11 years of gambling being outlawed in the country.

Although the act has become law and several operators have received licenses to offer gambling activities in Ukraine, the legislation still needs a tax rate.

Gambling tax bill progresses

Last week the Committee on Finance, Tax, and Customs Policy examined bill 2713-D, which proposes a tax rate for gambling in Ukraine. The bill is set to accompany Ukraine’s Gambling Act.

This marks the second time the bill has been assessed after it was initially amended in May.

Several changes have already been made to the bill, which included replacing a system of different tax rates for different verticals, with a single 10% tax rate. Last week’s amendments to the bill were relatively minor.

One change made to the bill last week was the removal of a clause that would triple licence fees until a nationwide monitoring system comes into effect.

The law also changed details relating to the country’s tax on gambling winnings. Winnings of more than UAH480,000 (£12,700/$17,600) within a year may be taxed at 18%. 

However, the committee amended this so that now casino and slot players may deduct their losses from winnings if they occur within the same 24 hour period.

The National Bank of Ukraine has also been instructed to examine maximum cash limits for land-based casino facilities to ensure there are robust anti-money laundering measures in place.

The bill will now head off to a second reading and if passed it will be sent to President Volodymyr Zelensky to become law.