UK Chancellor George Osborne has revealed plans to tax casino and bingo free plays in his 2016 budget statement, with the government also confirming a timetable for the roll-out of a replacement to the Horseracing Levy by April 2017.

"Remote gaming operators currently benefit from a more generous tax treatment when they offer discounted or free gambling (‘freeplays’) to customers in Remote Gaming Duty than would be the case for operators offering free bets on things like football and horseracing,” Osbourne said.

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