Poker Players Targeted by Spanish Tax Man

Poker Players Targeted by Spanish Tax Man

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

One of the benefits of being a poker player in the UK is not having to worry about dealing with the tax man. The same cannot be said for poker pros in Spain though who face increasing scrutiny from tax authorities.

According to, investigators are said to be checking tournament results databases then cross-referencing them with players' tax returns to see if there are any anomalies. The investigation is thought to date back as far as 2010.

The recently regulated Spanish market is following in the footsteps of Italy and Sweden which have both targeted the tax affairs of poker players in recent times. Authorities in Italy discovered that 4,000 players had earned almost $100m which had never been declared for tax purposes.

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Tags: Spain, tax