The Revenue office has seized a number of gaming machines from an Inishowen amusement arcade.
The machines were taken from the premises in Buncrana today.
It follows a similar operation at another gaming arcade in Bridgend just over a month ago.
The operation is part of a crackdown on tax compliance in the gaming machine industry.
A spokesman for Revenue confirmed they are “alert to, and proactive in addressing, the risks posed by the gaming and amusement sector.”
“Revenue initiated a Gaming and Amusement Compliance Project in 2017 to identify and tackle non-compliance with tax and excise licensing obligations by traders active in the gaming and amusement sector. The project referred to above is on-going and operating on a national basis,” said the spokesman.
The spokesman added that Revenue procedures require officers to go through a process when intervening with non-compliant traders.
He added “Specifically, officers are required to issue a 21 day warning letter, followed by a 14 day warning letter to traders with licensing issues. If the non-compliance in those cases is not rectified, a final 7 day warning letter will be issued. If a trader remains non-compliant after the expiry of the final 7 day warning period, Revenue can then commence a process to seize the machine(s).”
And he warned that Revenue will continue to clamp down on non-compliant gaming arcades.
“I would like to assure you that Revenue is intent on addressing all forms of licensing non-compliance in the gaming and amusement sector,” he said.Tags: