When Do I Get Taxed on Horse Betting?

Horse betting is a popular pastime, and many people look at it as a great way to relax and de-stress. If you’re passionate about horses, it’s easy to see why; being able to follow the ups and downs of the horses’ performance is exciting, and it’s something you can do with friends and family. If you’re looking for ways to enjoy the sport and make some money from it, you’ve probably considered joining a bookmakers’ group, which offer great opportunities for earning from a full year of horseracing. However, there are tax implications that you need to be aware of, which can seriously affect your finances. In this article, we’ll discuss the specific details of when you need to pay tax on your winnings and losses from horse betting. It’s important to remember that the information below is general, and it’s not tailored to any one person or situation. Make sure you consult your own personal tax advisor before making any decisions that affect your personal finances.

Housing and Travel Expenses

One of the biggest expenses that you’ll face when you join a bookmakers’ group is housing. If you live in a large city, you’ll have no problems finding a room in a shared house that is big enough to fit your horse racing equipment, and it’ll probably even have additional amenities like a pool or a garden. However, if you are looking to track horse racing in the countryside, you’ll need to consider renting a holiday home or buying a property that you and your family can enjoy. Depending on your personal circumstances, you might even want to look at home schooling to make sure your children are getting the best education possible, so they can join the ‘privileged’ upper classes when they grow up!

Another thing that you’ll need to consider is how you are going to travel to your chosen racetracks. If you’re driving, you’ll need a car, or if you’re planning on flying, you’ll need a passport or an Irish visa. If you’re entering from another country, you’ll need to check with the nearest embassy or consulate to see what paperwork you’ll need to complete in order to be allowed to enter. There are different rules for residents and non-residents, so it’s important to know what these are before you set off on your journey.

Winnings And Losses

When you bet on horses, there are two types of outcome that you need to be aware of: wins and losses. A win means that you successfully wager on a horse that wins the race, and it means that you will receive a payout, which you will need to report on your tax return. A loss, on the other hand, means that you place a wager on a horse that loses the race, and in this case, you will need to report the loss as income. It’s important to keep in mind that you cannot claim any expenses or deductions related to gambling on horse races on your tax return. The only exception to this is if you’re an athletics coach who is earning less than £133,333 in income, and you’re an individual or family filing for tax purposes. In this case, you can claim expenses related to gambling up to the value of £50 per week, which with four weeks off would make your losses up to a total of £200. If you’re regularly losing more than this amount, consider looking into the resources of an independent financial advisor who can help you set up a comprehensive financial plan. With careful planning and sticking to a budget, it’s possible to ensure that you’re not facing major debt, and you can build up an emergency fund to cover for health care or other unforeseen expenses.

Professional And Amateur Athletics

Another important point to make is that you must declare which type of athletics activity you’re involved in. If you’re a professional, you must declare what level you’re at, whether you’re an elite athlete or not, and whether you’re representing an athletics club or organization in competitions. An amateur athlete is one who is not professionally affiliated with any athletics club or organization, and you should not be taxed on their winnings and losses. An amateur athlete can potentially claim expenses related to training and competition, and you are able to make a claim for these against your income. Just remember to keep your expenses below £133,333, or you will be deemed to be a professional. If you’re a serious amateur athlete who is participating in competitions more regularly than you’re training, consider looking into the resources of an independent financial advisor who can help you set up a comprehensive financial plan. With careful planning and sticking to a budget, it’s possible to ensure that you’re not facing major debt, and you can build up an emergency fund to cover for health care or other unforeseen expenses.

Charitable Giving

One of the things that the Irish government likes to harp on is the duty of tax payers to give back to their community. If you’re a professional horseracing player who is feeling particularly generous, there are a number of ways in which you can give back to your countrymen and women. You can set up a scholarship for a horse racing-related charity at a suitably high level, or you can buy a lottery ticket with a matching charity’s coupon. If you’re feeling particularly generous, you can also consider purchasing a holiday home in another country through the use of an Irish visa. In this case, you’ll need to pay income tax in the UK on your winnings, but it’s a double-sided coin. On the one hand, you’ll be able to support a good cause in your country of residence, while on the other hand, you’ll be able to enjoy a well-deserved break away for a while.


Finally, it’s a good idea to consider the liability that you pose as a result of gambling. If you’re using an online betting site, you’ll have to consider the fact that you’re entering into a ‘binding’ contract with the bookmaker, which in practical terms means that the bookmaker can’t deny responsibility for your losses. If you lose £1000 through one bad beat, you’ll have to pay back £1000, plus the cost of the wager. However, in most instances, online bookmakers will have you sign-up to a ‘totally binding’ agreement, which has the same effect as a ‘binding’ agreement, but instead of being limited to one instance of bad luck, you’re committing to this contract for the duration of your relationship with the bookmaker. In some cases, you might even be asked to put down a security deposit, which is refundable, as a form of insurance policy. As a general rule of thumb, if you’re not sure whether or not to enter into a contract with an online bookmaker, take the time to do some research before committing. Remember, you can’t get something for nothing, and even if you believe that the terms are attractive, it might still be a bad idea to enter into a contract with a bookmaker that you’re not comfortable with.

There is a general rule that states that you must pay income tax on your winnings from gambling. However, if you’re an independent professional who is not affiliated with any athletics club or organization, you can set up a private pool of income in which you can put your winnings from gambling without having to pay any tax. Just remember to keep careful records of your wins and losses so you can report them on your tax return, and if you’re ever questioned by an Irish tax official, you can refer them to this section of the article for more information.