March 4, 2021 - 9:00 pm
Sunday’s letter to the editor from Rick Darnold on jackpot withholding makes sense. Current taxation on gaming is not only outdated but unfair and, overall, probably hurting our gaming industry, which our state depends on for much of its revenue.
The current $1,200 threshold is too low for reporting slot jackpots and, given the sneaky change a few years ago, requires all winners to itemize deductions in order to write off their losses. This can force people to give up their current $12,000 standard deduction.
We need our Nevada congressional representatives to get this reform done. How about a flat tax of 10 percent on a $3,000 jackpot collected on the spot — no questions asked, no hassle for the player — submitted directly to the IRS by the casino/gaming company, regardless of citizenship or filing status?