A number of Malta-based iGaming companies received letters from the German tax authorities enquiring about their tax payments in Germany, according to Joerg Hofmann, an attorney at German law firm Melchers.

The website Maltaprofile reported that Dr Hofmann said this during a gaming seminar in Malta this week.

He said German tax prosecutors have recently started to investigate international iGaming companies operating in Germany.

According to the gaming lawyer, German tax authorities view Malta-based iGaming operators as being subject to German VAT and sports betting tax if the German market is targeted.

Not reporting these taxes to the German fiscal authorities may incur criminal liability for the directors and serious fines for companies due to tax evasion, he said.