Quico Tabar blasts betting shops for tax evasion and not complying with rules; Alicia Ortega presents evidence of the national scourge

The administrator of the National Lottery, Teófilo (Quico) Tabar again has spoken up to blast the owners of sport betting shops for resisting getting organized and paying taxes.

“Any person can tell that the sports betting sector is a sector in chaos that has allowed many of you to benefit and use this business to hide incompetencies and incongruities and to confuse and hide issues that the betting sector in general questions,” said Tabar, as reported in El Nuevo Diario.

The administrator of the National Lottery says that these people know well what they need to do to be legal businesses. For years, the government has offered facilities for the registration of the businesses that already have privileged tax schemes.

He said that members of Fenabanca have been participating in meetings with the authorities and specialists in negotiations. But he said that what they really want is for the state to pardon their millionaire debts for years of not meeting their commitments. He said they also are keeping quiet that their main interest is that the state reduce their taxes on grounds that they have been suffering losses.

Alicia Ortega coincidentally presented evidence that at least five legislators registered around 9,000 sports betting shops during the regularization procedure. The journalist in her El Informe con Alicia Ortega mentions that the legislators are in charge of drafting laws and now are known to be major violators of the laws and tax evasion. The sports betting businesses are a scourge in towns and cities with more of these than grocery shops. Around 28,744 of the 70,000 in the database of the National Lottery are located in the National District (5,701), Santo Domingo province (15,047) and Santiago province (7,996).

Read more in Spanish:
El Nuevo Diario
Loteria Nacional
El Caribe
El Informe con Alicia Ortega

27 September 2022