Today we bring you a bingo news story about a big bingo win, but with a twist as it’s a big win for Mecca Bingo, against the taxman! Often we bring you stories about Internet bingo players who scoop bumper jackpots but its’ Mecca Bingo who struck it rich with this backdated payment from the HMRC dating back to VAT payments by the bingo company in 1978!
The Rank Group, who run the online bingo site Mecca Bingo, plus several land based bingo clubs and casinos, have been fighting the HMRC for a while now. They say that VAT levies made by the taxman back in 1978 concerning fruit machines were illegal and now a judge has backed the bingo company in the case.
It means that the HMRC now have to pay the Rank Group, who own Mecca Bingo £154 million in backdated tax payments that Mecca Bingo have been overcharged. It’s a huge victory for the company and one that’s sure to have an effect on Internet bingo players too.
It’s no secret that many of the land-based Mecca Bingo clubs are struggling and this payment may well allow investment in the company. Mecca Bingo online on the other hand are one of the strongest Internet bingo site on the market, but you can guarantee that this payout from the taxman is only going to mean even bigger jackpots, morepromotions for Internet bingo players and even more for everyone across the Rank family!