Bill Taxing Online Horse Betting Passes House Committee

Feb 12, 2013

FRANKFORT, Ky. - A bill passed unanimously by the state House Budget Committee today/Tuesday would tax bets placed on online horse races.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that early figures show $106M was wagered by Kentucky citizens via advanced deposit wagering last year. Representative Larry Clark, who is co-sponsoring House Bill 189, which would add a .5 percent tax on those bets, says the proposal would bring in more than $400,000 in taxes. 85 percent of the money would go to the tracks, which would be required to put 50 percent of it into purses.

In-person bets at Kentucky’s horse tracks are already taxed, but those who wager using mobile devices do so tax-free.

The measure has won approval in the House before, but has had difficulty making it through the Republican-controlled Senate.