Casino companies raise concerns about state tax reporting law

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Blackjack players normally cheer when the dealer busts, but they could be griping in Massachusetts casinos if the high roller at a table wins a big hand and the game screeches to a stop for a 10-minute paperwork break. Under one interpretation of the state casino law, table games could be covered by the same state tax reporting and withholding requirements that have bedeviled the local racing and simulcast industries for a year, potentially causing delays every time a player collects a payout of $600 or greater — practically every hand in a casino’s high-stakes gambling room.

Slot machines would almost certainly be affected by the law, which requires tax filings and a percent withholding for each jackpot of $600 or more, a low threshold compared with federal requirements.

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