Pennsylvania delays for one year new reporting for small games of chance

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HARRISBURG -- New reporting requirements that accompanied increased prize limits for small games of chance have been delayed one year as the state examines whether the record-keeping would unduly burden local clubs.

The Department of Revenue made the decision after receiving a letter from state Sens. Tim Solobay, D-Canonsburg, and Richard Kasunic, D-Dunbar, asking the administration to postpone the Feb. 1 deadline for organizations to file reports, said agency spokeswoman Elizabeth Brassell. Officials decided Wednesday they would grant a one-year extension so they could determine if the reporting requirements are unduly burdensome and what outreach is needed, she said.

Critics have said the new requirements -- such as reporting the total amount won each week, recording the names and addresses of gamblers winning more than $100 and withholding income taxes on winnings -- would raise the operating costs of fraternal organizations that raise money through small-scale gambling, like raffles.

The law is intended to make small games of chance more lucrative for the clubs through measures like raising the limits on individual winnings from $500 per game to $1,000 and total weekly prize limits from $5,000 to as much as $25,000.

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Karen Langley: klangley@post-gazette.com or 717-787-2141


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