Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Charitable Gaming
Charitable Gaming Regulations [11 VAC 20 ‑ 20]
Action Promulgation of Charitable Gaming Regulations by Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, including electronic gaming provisions
Stage Proposed
Comment Period Ended on 11/23/2022
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11/15/22  3:08 pm
Commenter: Ronald Stefancin Harrisonburg Elks Lodge 450

Charitable Gaming

We are not a CASINO. We are non profit organizations that are recognized by the IRS as such.  The minimal profits we make go to worthy causes and support other non profit organizations.  Fortunately, by owning the building we can offer rental space to our Rotary/Lion's/Big Brothers Big Sisters/Boy Scouts/Garden Clubs and other non profit charitable organizations free or at a significant reduced rate.  The minimal income we garner from our gaming operations is used for our overhead expenses.  Do you even know what overhead an organization has to keep the doors open?  Add that section to the 5 page form we are asked to complete on a quarterly and yearly basis.  If the doors close, gaming will cease to exist.  No income for us.  No income for the State.  A 40% TAX  WILL ALSO CLOSE numerous social quarters and affect the charitable contributions they make to their local community.   This must be considered before a final vote is taken on the Charitable Gaming Legislation. 

A final thought.  If and when we are asked to file quarterly and yearly reports, can someone come up with a reasonable form that can be submitted without the help of an accountant or CPA.  It needs to be in plain English and have instructions or examples that are easily understood.  We are volunteers who support our organizations with our gift of time.  A common sense reporting system is a reasonable request.

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