Cambodia collected $12 million in tax from casinos in the first six months of the year, a year-on-year increase of 20 percent, local media reported.
The Finance Ministry spokesman said the increase in gaming revenue came from more Thai nationals crossing the border to play in Cambodian casinos, The Cambodia Daily reported.
“The amount of casino tax revenue collected is dependent on the situation in the border areas. The proportion [of tax revenues] from the Cambodia-Thailand border areas is large,” Ros Phearun told the Daily.
“Previously, there were problems along the Cambodia-Thailand border, so nobody came to gamble at the casinos, but currently, the situation is better,” he was quoted as saying, referring to the military takeover of Thailand in May last year.
Phearun told AGBrief earlier in the year that the government is tightening tax collection in the casino industry in a bid to better regulate it ahead of a law that will be put before the National Assembly later this year.
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