2018 Legislative Agenda:
Donations exempt from gambling tax. HF226/SF419 is in bill form and ready for the tax committees. Rationale: We can find no entity that does not receive some tax benefit from making donations.
Sales tax exemption. No sales tax on paper games/electronic leases/electronic revenue share. Rationale: Gambling tax is in lieu of all other taxes.
External audit clarification. External audits are currently required of non-profit organizations with more than $750,000 in gross receipts in a fiscal year, which for us means sales. Our $750,000 would become sales minus prizes. Those organizations that meet or exceed $750,000 of sales minus prizes in a fiscal year that use a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) to prepare all of their monthly gambling returns in a fiscal year would also be exempt. Rationale: Prizes are not something that we can decide to pay or not pay. To not pay even a two dollar playback will put you out of business. Holding us responsible for 85% of what we take in that we then return to our patrons, which never hits our bank, is wrong. We cannot use prizes to pay expenses, taxes/fees or donations. Having a CPA review your business twelve times a year is better than once a year.
Study/Commission of the state gambling tax. To be comprised of two Representatives, two Senators, a Governor Appointee and 3 to 4 Charity Representatives. Report would be due back to the legislature prior to the February 2019 forecast. Rationale: There needs to be a complete review of how the current tax structure is impacting our ability to serve our communities and missions.
Approval of an electronic table for electronic tri-wheel. Electronic tri-wheel was approved in the 2012 stadium legislation. An electronic table is needed to complete the package. To be taxed at the 8.5% rate. Rationale: An electronic tri-wheel and table would give us the ability to increase our mission dollars. This is an evolution, not a revolution. We need to use technology where it makes sense for us.
Reduction in storage of paper games from 3 ½ years to 2 years. Storage is an ever increasing burden on the organization. Reducing the look back time will not compromise compliance reviews or revenue audits. Rationale: We are always being called on to reduce our expenses in lieu of tax relief. Reducing this particular expense is a vehicle for getting more funds to our communities and missions.
As it stands right now, all of these will be stand alone bills. We are looking for authors/champions for the reduction in storage bill. If you have a relationship with legislators and want this to pass please contact me for next steps. As these bills get numbers we will be asking you to contact your legislators to ask them to sign onto and support these bills. Every one of these bills will have opposition of some kind that prefers the status quo. Without your and their support we will not get any of these bills passed.