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Ker may reintroduce entertainment tax on other language films

Press Trust of India  |  Thiruvananthapuram 

The government would consider reintroducing entertainment tax on other language films screened in the state, T M Thomas Isaac said today.

The government would also contemplate implementation of a centralised system in theatres with a view to check tax evasion in the industry, he told the state assembly.

Admitting that gross tax evasion was taking place in the industry, he said introduction of system, which has already been put in place in state-run theatres, was one of the means to check it.

Responding to the demand of the film industry, the government had decided to scrap entertainment tax on films last year to avoid possible issues of double taxation in view of the implementation of GST.

"The reintroduction of entertainment tax on other language films released in the state is a suggestion that can be considered seriously," Isaac said.

He was replying to a calling attention motion, moved by actor-turned MLA, Ganesh Kumar (KC-B), on the need to end tax evasion in the film sector, consequent to the implementation of GST.

"should follow the examples of and in imposing entertainment tax on other language films. We should impose at least 15 per cent tax on such films screening in our state to improve the tax revenue," he said.

for Cultural Affairs and said the system had already been implemented in theatres under the (KSFDC).

KSFDC is already working on implementing a centralised system for the e-ticketing, the added.

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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 19:00 IST