For any businesses in Laredo, Texas, that want to have slot machines in their premises, the slot registration deadline of the 31st of December is fast approaching, and owners must be sure to make their application in full or face the consequences. Any establishments that have not complied by the time that the deadline rolls around will be closed, so this is a serious matter and one that should not be ignored by the business of the county.
It is all to do with the way that the slot machine games are taxed, as the state sees this as an important source of revenue that must be exploited as far as possible. The Webb tax collector has managed to register more than forty different establishments so far, which one collector, Patricia Barrera, says has translated to more than four thousand legally operating machines. “We believe that we are missing about 20 businesses over this turn and we will give them a deadline to meet year-end, if they do not, we’ll close in January for not meeting,” said Barrera.
She also talked about the details of the arrangement: every machine that is in operation sees a charge of $15, while the permits for the establishment vary in cost due to certain variables. For example, the license for a venue with fifty slot machine games would be $200, and for one with less slot machines there would also be less of a license charge. “Those who do not comply will face fines and closure of the establishment, so we recommend that owners come as soon as possible,” said Barrera. This will represent an extra income for the county’s government as well as bringing in more revenue for schools, which in the eyes of any citizen of the county must surely be a good thing.
Any business owners with slot machines who have not yet got into contact with the tax collector are advised to do so immediately to avoid the sanctions that have been discussed, and they can get in touch with Elena Acevedo at the office in order to apply.