A recent report claims that Britain is missing out on £250 million a year in tax from online gambling profits as bookmakers are increasingly setting up operations into off-shore accounts in Gibraltar, Jersey and the Isle of Man.
The report has accused high-street names such as William hill and Ladbrokes as well as operators Betfair and 888. It is thought that the amount of money shielded by the gambling firms is greater than the tax avoidance carried about by Starbucks and Amazon, both of which have recently come under fire for their tax avoidance schemes.
The situation has arisen due to a loophole in betting duty rules, at present gambling firms are taxed according to where they collect a bet rather than where it is placed.
Therefore a bet placed on a computer in Britain is taxed where the money is sent rather than in Britain.
The government is meant to close this loophole, but not until 2015.
Ladbrokes claim that it avoided UK tax laws “reluctantly” after paying £155 million in tax in 2011. William Hill said that strong competition from abroad made it essential to relocate to Gibraltar.