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Rank wins second Customs case
Weyers to
ollowing successful Court decisions last year at the Tribunal and earlier this year in the High Court in its
on-going litigation concerning the tax treatment of betting and gaming, The Rank Group Plc (Rank) has
won a second case against HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). 
Tony McClenaghan, senior indirect tax partner at Deloitte, who advised Rank, stated: “This is a very
welcome decision following on from earlier victories at the Tribunal and in the High Court.  We have always
been confident that there was a breach of fiscal neutrality in the differential treatment of the relevant gaming T
ransact Technologies has appointed
Lee Weyers as Vice President Sales –
machines and we welcome the Tribunal’s confirmation of this fact.  Taxpayers affected by this decision should Global Casino & Gaming, reporting to
now consider making claims for overpaid VAT.” Tracey Chernay, Sr. Vice President Sales
In a complex case challenging the fiscal treatment of certain supplies of gambling, the Tribunal allowed and Marketing.
Rank’s appeal on the basis that there had been a breach of the EC principle of fiscal neutrality.  The principle of Due to the increasingly global nature of
fiscal neutrality prevents a Government treating similar goods or services differently for VAT purposes.  the casino and gaming markets, TransAct
This breach of fiscal neutrality occurred because of the differential VAT treatment of jackpot machines which is centralizing all casino and gaming sales
were subject to VAT and other similar machines, such as fixed odd betting terminals (FOBTs) which were not management under one sales leader
subject to VAT, prior to 2005.  The Tribunal found that the machines were similar and that as a result the worldwide. In his new capacity, Lee will
jackpot machines should not have been subject to VAT. direct all North American and Global sales
Further, HMRC had sought to argue that once they became aware of the different treatment of similar activities related to TransAct’s casino and
machines they had acted with “due diligence” to ensure compliance with fiscal neutrality by changing the law gaming printer products and services
to uniformly tax the relevant machines in 2005.   The Tribunal found that there was no defence of “due provided to casinos and gaming
diligence” available to the United Kingdom for a breach of fiscal neutrality but, even if there had been, on the equipment OEMs worldwide. Lee will also
facts of this case the United Kingdom had not acted with due diligence. be responsible for expanding TransAct’s
presence into growing international
Astro in Inspired Deal
stro Corp has announced a new strategic alliance with Inspired Gaming Group plc. Game designer,
manufacturer and distributor Astro will produce terminals to Inspired, the leading player worldwide in
Open Server-Based Gaming (Open SBG™). Inspired will reciprocate supplying its Open SBG Software to Astro.
This agreement will enable Astro to license Inspired’s Open SBG software to its Italian customers for
distribution throughout their Video Lottery Terminal (VLT) gaming venues.
Commenting on the alliance, Astro’s CEO Simon Herbert Said: “We’re delighted to be partnering with
Inspired Gaming. Both well respected, publicly traded companies, I think Inspired’s expertise in Server Based
Gaming and Astro’s focus on design and game play complement each other well.
“I am pleased that Astro has been able to satisfy Inspired’s exact requirements in terms of games
development, manufacturing standards, volume and price,” he added.
In addition, the parties have agreed to mutually license content for use with each others’ customers in
the UK and Italy.
Inspired’s CEO Luke Alveraz, said: “The SBG Software Platform License Agreement is an important one for
us; it recognises Inspired’s Open SBG software platform as a leading gaming software platform and leverages
our expertise and experiences in Italy to permit Astro Corp to provide VLT services to new customers.”
Shades offers lambda
hades Screenprint is proud to announce that it now offers photo-
quality lambda printing services and thus has a unique stance in the
print market place, being able to cover all printing requirements, be it
screenprint, mirror printing, digital printing or lambda.
Martin Charlesworth, Sales Manager at Shades, comments, “We are
very pleased to be able to offer lambda print. This really does make Shades
stand out in the print industry given the full array of print possibilities that
we offer. It is this flexibility that is such an important criterium in the
gaming and amusement industry”. Carroll Consulting acts as European
agent for Shades. John Carroll explains, “The company history spreading
over thirty years underlines that Shades really knows how our industry
ticks. Now Shades is even better positioned for the future”.
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