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15th November 2012

Machine Games Duty – register now, advises BBPA

With registration now open for Machine Games Duty, pubs should register now ahead of the busy Christmas period – that’s the message from the British Beer & Pub Association. The BBPA has updated its guidance for pubs, with further advice to help publicans through the registration process for this new tax on gaming and skill machines.

MGD replaces Amusement Machine Licence Duty and VAT on machine income from 1st February 2013. However, licensees must register by 1st January, with the prospect of penalties for those failing to register.  The revised BBPA guidance covers key questions, such as how the registration process works, a step-by-step guide to online registration and where to find the correct forms.

Pubs should also check that their accountant is up to speed with the new MGD taxation regime, says the BBPA, so that they take into account any VAT implications that the new tax may bring to their business.


BBPA Chief Executive Brigid Simmonds comments: “Now is definitely the time to register for MGD, to get it done before the Christmas period – and it’s important to be aware that MGD covers not just AWPs but any machine that pays out a cash prize including skill machines.”




Notes to editors:

The BBPA guidance, Machine Games Duty – Guidance for pub operators can be found here:

HMRC’s MGD portal can be accessed here


The British Beer & Pub Association is the UK’s leading organisation representing the brewing and pub sector.  Its members account for 96 per cent of the beer brewed in the UK and own half of Britain’s 51,000 pubs.


For further information please contact:


David Wilson, Director of Public Affairs: 020 7627 9151 /

Neil Williams, Communications Manager Tel: (020) 7627 9156 / 07974 249 779

Gareth Barrett, Public Affairs Officer Tel: (020) 7627 9154

For further information please contact:



Neil Williams

Communications Manager

British Beer & Pub Association

020 7627 9156

07974 249 779