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In this section, you can find information about Antigua and Barbuda online gambling legislation, requirements for a casino license, information about gambling taxes, dispute resolution process and where to address the player complaints.
Antigua and Barbuda are two small island nations, located in the Caribbean Sea. They are both large islands, covering an area of 170 miles. Their population is over 100.000 people and the economy is based on tourism, mostly. They were a part of the United Kingdom in the past, but they became independent in 1981. In other words, they have their own government, laws, and legislature.
Antigua and Barbuda was one of the first jurisdictions to license electronic gambling and betting in 1994. To this date, Directorate of Offshore Gaming (DOG) is the only government agency to deal with these licenses. They are a division of the Financial Services Regulatory Commission (FSRC) and their website is at http://www.antiguagaming.gov.ag address. DOG classifies gambling companies as financial institutions and follows a very strict regulation when it comes to licensing. The island probably has the strictest Money Laundering Prevention and the Prevention of Terrorism rules around.
Their legislation consists of recommendations and directives, which can be seen at http://www.antiguagaming.gov.ag/legislation.asp address. As you can see, most of them are about preventing money laundering and terrorist financing. You can see the list of online casino which are licensed in Antigua and Barbuda here: http://www.antiguagaming.gov.ag/licensees%20active.asp Every casino that is licensed by the island can use a logo called “Antigua Gaming Preferential Seal” in their website. All casinos must have their corporate headquarters and primary servers in the island to get a license.
There are two types of gambling licenses in the island, one for interactive gaming and the other for interactive wagering. The procedure is pretty straightforward and consists of filling out some forms in an order. These are called “schedules” and there are three in total. A deposit of 15.000 USD is also needed, which is non-refundable. The whole process takes around 60 days. If the applicant is accepted, a one-time fee of 100.000 USD is needed for the license. (It is 75.000 USD for the wager license.) It must be renewed at each year, and this also costs 5.000 USD. You can click here to see all the details about the licensing process’ and fees.
There is a %3 tax on net winnings of the companies, but this is a negotiable value.
Antigua and Barbuda is a tax-free zone, there are no gambling taxes for your winnings. However, you may be liable for taxes of your winnings in the country you reside. Check your local laws about online gambling.
Antigua and Barbuda support responsible gaming but the only restriction for the players is the age limit. You must be 18 years old to be able to play at the casinos. The details can be seen at http://www.antiguagaming.gov.ag/gamingresponsibily.asp
All complaints must be addressed to DOG in a written form. You can use their postal address (The Directorate of Offshore Gaming, Royal Palm Place, Friar’s Hill Road, P.O. Box 2674, St. John’s Antigua & Barbuda West Indies) or their e-mail: Complaints@antiguagaming.gov.ag. You can also email directly to the members of DOG, their emails are at this address: http://www.antiguagaming.gov.ag/contactUs.asp The dispute resolution process details are unknown.