The Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) Levy Assessment Service website has been designed to allow authorised Bookmakers and Betting Exchange Providers (Operators) to submit their Form of Declaration (FOD) via this website.
The principal benefit to you of completing the online FOD is that the Levy Assessment Service website will automatically calculate your Levy liability for you. In addition, based on your Levy submission, the Levy Assessment Service website will advise you of how much you are required to pay for the Levy year in question or indeed whether you are owed a refund, taking into consideration all of your advance payments on account under the relevant Levy Scheme.
We hope that you will find the Levy Assessment Service website simplifies the annual process of completing your FOD. Please feel free to pass on your comments or provide us with feedback about this service using the “Contact Us” link below.
The Levy applies to all Operators who offer bets on horseracing in Great Britain.
You should complete your FOD and submit it to HBLB by 28th April.
The Levy Assessment Service website allows you to submit all of your trading data securely online. Operators with profits on leviable bets of £250,000 or less have the option of electronically signing forms online, as long as you are not trading as a partnership. However, for all other bookmakers, we are unable to accept your FOD as final until you have supplied us with signed copies of the summary Bookmaker’s declaration and also the Independent Accountant’s Report.
Once you have completed the online FOD you will be asked to print a paper copy of your submission, sign it and then pass it to the Independent Accountant who must verify and sign it.
For more information as to the requirements of the Independent Accountant’s Report please click here.
These signed forms should be posted to HBLB as soon as possible and must be received no later than ten working days from the date the online FOD is completed and submitted to HBLB. Unless you have electronically signed your form online, you are not deemed to have submitted your FOD until HBLB has received a signed paper copy of your forms.
The assessment and collection of monetary contributions from Operators has effect under the provisions of the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act 1963 and the Horserace Betting Levy Acts 1969 and 1981 as amended by the Horserace Betting Levy Regulations 2017. The Levy Assessment Service website has been developed in accordance with these provisions.
Please note that you are required to complete a Levy declaration for the relevant Levy year even if you have not carried on any British Horserace Betting Business, at any time in the period.