Snyder: Small games of chance club licensees get five-month reprieve

Reporting deadline suspended until July 1 because of technical woes

HARRISBURG, Jan. 30 – State Rep. Pam Snyder, D-Greene/Fayette/Washington, today said technical problems have forced the state Department of Revenue to suspend a Feb. 1 reporting deadline for clubs with proceeds from small games of chance last year of $20,000 or more.

“The clubs – including many veterans’ groups, fire companies and fraternal organizations – now have until July 1 to file reports,” Snyder said. “The Revenue Department is taking steps to ensure that clubs are not penalized for not having filed reports by the original deadline.”

Snyder said the agency hopes to have the electronic filing system available again by June 1, when clubs will be urged to review a database to determine if their reports were successfully received. Clubs without a completed report on file at that time will be required to complete a report by July 1.

“The department is trying to reduce burdensome reporting requirements,” Snyder said. “However, its system has been plagued by technical glitches, including time-out errors and duplicate reports.

“I believe progress is being made on reducing the mandates on organizations that raise money for vital community services and programs,” said Snyder, who championed Act 92 of 2013, which addressed onerous changes made to the Small Games of Chance Law. “A five-month grace period on filing the reports shows a willingness to work with such valuable groups.”