The High Court has upheld the bingo and casino operator Rank Group’s claim for a £62 million VAT refund from HMRC. Rank successfully argued that the UK’s different VAT treatment of different types of mechanised cash bingo games breached European fiscal neutrality rules; Rank also successfully argued that a difference in VAT treatment of different types of gaming machine also breached those rules.
Subsequent legislative changes to both gaming and tax law mean that the difference in VAT treatment dealt with in this case is no longer an issue.
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Paul Lasok QC and Valentina Sloane represented the Rank Group.
Christopher Vajda QC and George Peretz represented HMRC.