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As reported in this week IVLV newsletter, starting April 1, 2012 the Nevada Casinos will be under law expected to pay sales tax (8.1%) for all comp food given to gamblers and casino employees. This has been a legal battle for years that appears to have ruled against the casinos. The sales tax on the free food will amount to 100's of millions of dollars revenue per year for the state. This week Readers Poll asks the question who do you think should pay the tax on comps and why?  What is your opinion? We want to hear from you!    ( See other readers opinions below.) 

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The casinos will probably try to pass it along somehow to the gambler which will be a mistake because we will just gamble at casinos that suck up the 8% themself.  Wayne  Tulsa OK

Please not another tax.  These billion dollar giants should be able to handle the tax without trying to take even more money out the pockets of the gambler who is the only person that keeps them alive to start with.  Eva K.  Los Angeles CA 

I understand the tax and it is a good tax, I just hope it does not affect the number of gamblers if som of these greeedy casinos want to pass it along to their customers and employes.  Diana Burrows  AZ

I think that it is fair for the patron to pay for the tax on the free food that they get in comps. That is the case with most types of gift certificates, or even restaurant certificates. The full tax is paid on the food/purchase and then the gift certificate is deducted. And, what are we talking about. If you get $200 in comps and have to pay $16.20 on that, I'd take that trade-off any day.  Kip Abelson   Salem, MA

When you place taxes on food, it shows that common sense has flown out the window. All states and the federal government are sad examples of stupidity gone to seed. The sad part of this is that both states and feds waste most of this money on meaningless agendas and have little to no benifit to the tax payer. It is my belief that no taxes should ever be imposed on food. No way no how!   Nick Cignetti  North Canton

Nevada would get little sales tax revenue if it weren't for the casinos....keep pricing them out of business and see where that gets the state!   Don Howe  Thief River Falls, MN

I feel things should stay the same as they are now, however if anyone has to pay the tax, it should be the receipient of the "comp" not the casino. If the casino has to start paying, they will just stop giving out any future comps The stste should just drop this idea and find another way to try and balance their budget!! they are just killing the golden goose and screwing every one else.   John reichow  Ottawa Lake, Mich

Casinos should pay.   Beth C

The tax on the comps should be paid by the casino. If paid by the gambler, it would not be a true comp. Besides, the comps are based on the gambler's play, and taxable comp was used by the gambler to pay. In essence, the gambler would be taxed twice on the money.  Shirley Coker  Philadelphia, PA

since i am using comps i have earned by losing much money in their casino i should get a little break when i use them so let casino pay for tax.  Jeffrey Prindle  lancaster United States

I wonder if anyone has thought about "selling" the guest the comp at a discounted rate of just $.92? This way the guest pays just $1 with a sales tax of $.08 added in and passed along to the State of Nevada. If I was offered a meal for $1, I would feel I got a heck of a good deal, the casino collects enough to administer the new tax collection and the state
gets it's undeserved share of a transaction for which it provides absolutely no government service in return. Win/Win.  Jim Martone  Fort Worth Tx

With as much as the casino players play and lose, I feel that if the casino just lowered their comp points just a smidgeon they could pay the taxes easily without any players being upset.  Jane Quiram  Lancaster, NY

Vegas gets a lot of money from their patrons. Sure hope they extend a 'thank you' by covering the comp tax.  darlene pabis  monessen, pa

No-should notg tax a gift.  jack callahan  la canada,ca

Since there is actually no cash transaction how can it be legally taxed?   Paul Baker   Kingfisher, Oklahoma

no tax on comps,  bob mangan  hanover township/pa

I feel the customer pays for the comps as they spend the money in the casinos. The Casinos already pays taxes and dues to the state and city. Why does the State have to always look at collecting more money rather than cutting there own buget or pay. The comps is a large part of me coming to Vegas 2 or 3 times a year or more.   Thomas Stapp  Conyers / Georgia




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