|Casino Windsor, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, is only 16 miles from Detroit, a city which may have as many gamblers as any other big city. And the billboards on the roads to Windsor from Detroit and from Ohio as well advertise 'tax-free winnings in Canada' at Windsor Casino -- to all those Americans traveling those roads. |
The IRS, which of course is responsible for collecting income tax from Americans, is upset. Sarah Wreford, an IRS spokeswoman, said that the billboard claims are 'misleading'. She explained: 'If you're a Canadian citizen, good for you. You don't have to pay taxes on your gambling winnings. But if you're a U.S. citizen, you do, and we just hope that everybody will understand that and not be misled.'
Casino Windsor's billboard claim, although on American soil, suggest a tax exemption that applies only to Canadians. But the casino refuses to change the wording on the billboards and they also refuse to notify IRS authorities of any Americans who win at the casino. A casino spokesman, Jim Mundy, said: 'You take the complete jackpot home with you in your pocket and obviously we hope that folks claim it on their income taxes.'
The result of this test between the US and its neighbor to the North may have implications on America's policy regarding advertising online casinos and sites that offer 'tax-free' offshore betting. That is of course assuming that the US government follows its current course and eventually regulates Internet betting.