Sportech granted permission to appeal ‘Spot the Ball’ VAT ruling

Pools and sports betting operator Sportech has been granted permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal over a VAT repayment claim on the ‘Spot the Ball’ game.

In 2013, the First-Tier Tribunal ruled in favour of Sportech in a VAT case relating to the game, with the operator receiving a payment of £93 million (€119.8 million/$141.3 million) from Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) as a result.

However, this decision was reversed in September last year when Sportech was ordered to repay the £93 million after the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber) ruled in favour of an appeal lodged by HMRC.

Sportech was given until October 15 to seek permission to appeal against the decision.

The operator was able to meet this deadline and lodged an application for permission from the Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber) to appeal to the Court of Appeal over the decision.

This request has now been granted, with Sportech having said that it expects the hearing to take place at some point later this year.

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