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January 25, 2019

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Hi, Terry. That is a federal tax requirement. I'm not a tax-law expert to be able to explain why $1,200 is the threshold specified on the federal level, I just know that it is. Businesses must then ensure that they comply with the law and apply those taxes to customers' winnings.

Why is it at the casinos (Prairie Meadows)if you win up to $1199.00 they don’t take taxes out and at $1200.00 up and above they do? Terry Barrett, barrettdt@q.com

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