MGM wants current Mass. gambling laws revised

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – MGM International is now calling the state’s current gambling law impractical and wants it revised.

Under the current law, Gaming operators are required to withhold 5% state income tax on certain gambling winnings over 600 dollars. Which means once players won that amount they would need to stop to fill out tax forms.

Some people in Springfield told 22News they agree with MGM that would disrupt gaming but others fear loosening the rules will mean fewer people will pay taxes appropriately.

Ken Conley of Westfield told 22News, “That would be annoying and really slow down the play and I don’t see any particular reason for it.”

“I definitely think they should stay the way they are because it prevents people from cheating their way around the taxes,” said Bill Kelly of Springfield.

The state gaming commission says the proposal to change the law has “considerable merit” and it’s currently being reviewed.

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