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How Gaming Benefits Nevada

Taxes

During fiscal year 2014, more than $2.0 billion in taxes and fees were paid by Nevada hotel-casino operators. This included major contributions to Nevada's three largest sources of revenue: sales tax, property tax and gaming tax. Nevada hotel casinos account for nearly $1.4 billion, or approximately 45 percent of State General Fund revenues – more than any other industry.

NV Hotel-Casino Industry's Contribution to State General Fund Revenues - FY 2014

General Fund Revenue Source* Total Collections Hotel-Casino
Industry Contributions
Hotel-Casino
Industry as a
Percent of Total
Branch Bank Excise Tax $2,788,166 $0 0.0%
Business License Fee $72,166,482 $6,429,579 8.9%
Business License Tax (Phased Out) $2,814 $0 0.0%
Cigarette Tax $79,628,983 $14,224,762 17.9%
Gaming Taxes $718,816,067 $718,816,067 100.0%
Governmental Services Tax $62,267,322 $28,020,295 45.0%
HECC Transfer (Higher Education Capital Fund) $5,000,000 $5,000,000 100.0%
Insurance Taxes $264,521,903 $27,355,973 10.3%
Liquor Tax $41,838,536 $15,047,070 36.0%
Live Entertainment Tax $154,136,218 $139,156,241 90.3%
Mining Taxes and Fees  $26,221,970 $0 0.0%
Modified Business Tax (MBT) – Financial  $23,789,898 $0 0.0%
Modified Business Tax (MBT) – Nonfinancial [a] $361,095,880 $78,648,637 21.8%
Other Tobacco Tax $11,620,286 $2,075,825 17.9%
Real Property Transfer Tax [b] $60,047,457 $0 0.0%
Sales and Use Tax $967,706,171 $314,807,385 32.5%
Total Tax Revenue $2,851,648,150 $1,349,581,832 47.3%
Other Revenue $215,298,210 $39,018,727 18.1%
Total  $3,066,946,360 $1,388,600,559 45.3%
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*Note: Reflects collections within the Nevada General Fund and excludes taxes, fees and other charges that inure to the benefit of other state and local municipalities. [a] The modified business tax is a tax on gross payroll, less a deduction for employer-provided health care coverage. Because the hotel-casino industry provides such a significant share of these benefits to its employees, the industry’s share of modified business tax collections is lower than its share of employees. [b] Assumed to be zero due to a lack of available data. Sources: Economic Forum; LVCVA; Nevada Gaming Control Board, Quarterly Statistical Report; Nevada Department of Taxation; Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation and Applied Analysis.

Large tax contributions by the tourism and gaming industry allow Nevada’s residents and businesses to enjoy among the lowest tax burdens in the nation.

State Business Tax Climate Rankings, 2014

State Business Tax Climate Rankings, 2013

Source: Tax Foundation and Applied Analysis.

Nevada's tax structure continues to be one of the least burdensome on the average citizen in the nation for the following reasons:

  • Residents pay very low per capita taxes. The comparative tax burden for a family of three with an income of $75,000 ranks Las Vegas 49th out of 51 selected metropolitan areas in the United States.
  • Property taxes in Nevada are far lower than most states, and tax abatements that favor residential homeowners have widened the gap between classes of taxpayers.
  • Tourists pay a significant portion of the sales tax. It is estimated that approximately 33 percent of the sales tax is paid by the gaming industry, its employees, and tourists, thereby reducing the tax burden of the average Nevada resident.

Tax Burden on Hypothetical Family of Three in Nevada

Income Tax Burden Share of Income National Ranking
$25,000 $3,260 13.0% 24th
$50,000 $3,038 6.1% 49th
$75,000 $4,642 6.2% 49th
$100,000 $5,703 5.7% 50th
$150,000 $8,314 5.5% 50th

Source: Office of the Chief Financial Officer, District of Columbia (2012).

Unlike other states such as California, Nevada does not have a corporate or personal income tax. Because of the gaming industry in Nevada, many of the additional taxes imposed on individuals and businesses in other states are not imposed in Nevada. Some of these taxes include:

  • Personal income tax
  • Corporate income tax
  • Sales tax on food
  • A general admissions tax
  • Bank excise measured by income
  • Bank share tax
  • Special intangible tax
  • Franchise tax on income
  • Inventory tax

Source: Nevada Taxpayers Association.

It Doesn't Stop With Gaming Taxes...

Few Nevadans completely understand how significantly gaming contributes to state and local governments through sales taxes, property taxes and business activity taxes as well. The hospitality industry pays a significant share of property taxes. In Clark County, hotels and hotel-casinos account for just 2 percent of improved nonresidential acreage, but 42 percent of taxable nonresidential property value. Including residential uses, hotels and hotel-casinos account for 1 percent of improved acreage, but nearly 13 percent of all taxable value, excluding vacant land. Nearly all of the top 10 property taxpayers in Clark County are hotel-casino operators, with MGM Resorts International claiming the number one spot. Meanwhile, hotel-casino operators account for half of the top 10 property taxpayers in Washoe County, with Peppermill Casinos Inc. reporting the second-highest value.

Largest Taxpayers

Taxpayer Assessed [a] Appraised [b]
Clark County (2014-2015 Assessment Roll)(in Millions)
1 MGM Resorts International $3,165 $9,042
2 NV Energy $2,006 $5,731
3 Caesars Entertainment Corp. $1,624 $4,639
4 Las Vegas Sands Corp. $998 $2,851
5 Wynn Resorts Limited $853 $2,438
6 Station Casinos Inc. $553 $1,579
7 Boyd Gaming Corp. $293 $836
8 Nevada Property 1 LLC (Cosmopolitan) $275 $786
9 Eldorado Energy LLC $210 $600
10 Hilton Grand Vacations $190 $543
11 Howard Hughes Corp. $186 $531
12 Picerne Real Estate Group $180 $514
13 Southwest Gas Corp. $178 $508
14 Universal Health Services Inc. $173 $494
15 General Growth Properties Inc. $165 $471
16 Ruffin Companies $156 $447
17 Molasky Group of Companies $148 $423
18 Hospital Corporation of America $136 $388
19 Harsch Investment Properties $135 $385
20 World Market Center Las Vegas $116 $331
Washoe County (2014 Assessment Roll)(in Millions)
1 BRE/Reno Property Owner LLC $103 $294
2 Peppermill Casinos Inc. $84 $241
3 Golden Road Motor Inn Inc. $43 $122
4 MPT of Reno LLC $39 $110
5 Sparks Legends Development Inc. $37 $105
6 Circus & Eldorado Joint Venture $28 $81
7 Northwestern Mutual Life Ins. $27 $79
8 International Game Technology $25 $71
9 Hyatt Equities LLC $24 $69
10 BRE/PAC Nevada LLC $24 $67
11 Nevada Pacific Development Corp. $22 $63
12 G & I VII Reno Operating LLC $19 $55
13 Wal-Mart Real Estate Business Trust $19 $55
14 Charles River Laboratories Inc. $16 $46
15 Meadowood Mall SPE LLC $16 $45
16 Gage Village Commercial Dev. LLC $15 $44
17 McKenzie Properties $15 $44
18 TR Reno LLC $15 $43
19 Apple Inc. $15 $42
20 Prime Park Vista LLC $14 $41

Note: [a] Assessed value reflects 35 percent of appraised value. [b] Appraised value approximates market value. Sources: Clark County Assessor's Office, secured and unsecured tax rolls, Washoe County Assessor's Office, Top Washoe County Taxpayers.

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