Tribunal rules in Sportech's favour on Spot the Ball tax claim

March 7 Thu Mar 7, 2013 4:30pm EST

March 7 (Reuters) - British gambling company Sportech Plc is set to get more than 80 million pounds from Britain's tax authority after a tribunal found that the company had paid more value added tax than it should have on its Spot the Ball game between 1979 and 1996.

As a result of the ruling, Sportech will now begin talks with Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) over the size of the payment.

Sportech said it expects that the sum to be repaid would be over 40 million pounds ($60.19 million) of overpaid VAT plus simple interest, which would more than double the total sum to over 80 million pounds.

HMRC has until April 30 to appeal the ruling but is yet to confirm whether it intends to do so, Sportech said in a statement.