Crystal Stump (Founder and CEO of ABC Consulting) and former VA ABC Special Agent from the Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority published a new video. Her latest video, on our YouTube channel is going to tell you everything you need to know about how to relocate your VA Skill Game and when you need to pay your tax on your Skill Game.
Pour yourself a drink; you’re going to need it!
If you are watching this video, you are probably a distributer, an alcohol licensee or a truck stop – because alcohol licensees and truck stops are the only locations, in Virginia, where you can have a Skill Game. I have another video called How to Register Your Skill Game and that video will go a little more into the background of how Skill Gaming came about, in Virginia. I recommend that you watch that video to learn about what happened, earlier 2020.
If you are watching this and you’re a distributer, your games have already been registered with the VA ABC Authority (that registration was due by July 7, 2020) and you should have received your registration stickers that you should adhered to your Skill-Gaming machine by July 20, 2020. IF you haven’t done it, please do that as soon as possible.
It is possible that now that your is registration done and you have your stickers on your machine, that you are noticing that your machine isn’t doing as well in the location originally chosen. You’d like to relocate the game. You are allowed to do that. In fact, as a distributer, you can relocate up to 20% of your Skill Game inventory in the first 60 days of registration.
If you are thinking about pulling a game or you don’t want a game in a particular location or it needs repair, you need to take care of it, next week, BEFORE August. If it is in play or in a location, on August 1st, than you are subject to the $1,200 tax.
If you want to pull a Skill Game out of service (and warehouse a machine for maintenance or repair), you are not subject to that $1,200 a month tax on that machine, but there is paperwork that has to be done on that.
Bottom line, if you plan to either relocate a machine or pull a game out of service, there is paperwork to be done and ABC Consulting can help you with the paperwork. Remember, if you keep a Skill Game at a location, even for one day, you are going to be subject to tax. The tax on the machine is $1,200 and the July tax is due August 20, 2020.
What is pertinent that you understand: if you pull a machine out for maintenance and repairs, your Skill Game isn’t subject to the $1,200 tax and DOESN’T count towards your 20% relocation. Once you’re ready to put it back in a NEW location, it will count towards your relocation percentage. If you put it back to the original location, you’ll start a new month of tax, so place it, at a time of the month that will best serve your business.
Let’s say July 1st starts your 60 days of being able to relocate 20% of your games. In 60 days, you’ll be able to start another 60-day period of being able to relocate 20% of your registered Skill Game inventory.
If you are new to placing game, these are tricky time schedules and reports, so if you have any questions, reach out. Our specialty is compliance and helping you understand the requirements for the VA ABC Authority. If you are NOT compliant with the regulations, the fines are VERY hefty.
- First offense: $25,000
- Second offense: $50,000
If you unsure if you are being compliant, and don’t understand all the regulations, take our Skill Gaming training at TOAST Academy. Or there is also a great deal of information of Skill Game Compliance and head over to the Frequently Asked Question page.
If you would like to schedule a consultation call, we’ll be happy to sit down and discuss your business with you and alcohol license. Call 800-785-0161
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*Disclaimer: This article and its contents represent the opinions of the author only. It is not intended to convey or constitute legal advice. ABC Consulting is a private consulting firm, and in no way do we represent the VA ABC Authority. You should not act upon any such information without seeking qualified professional advice based upon your situation.