Theatres across Tamil Nadu, close in protest against extreme taxation issues from both state and Central governments.
The GST has sure impacted a lot of industries in both negative and positive ways. But the entertainment industry seems to take a huge hit, with the unexpectedly high 28% tax on entertainment. It has been a long while since the taxation against entertainment has been altered since it was a very high source of income in a movie loving country like India.
When it comes to the local second taxation of the state government, Kollywood has taken the biggest hit from GST, which was 30% entertainment tax in addition to the 28% of the GST.
Ramanathan, president of Tamil Film Chamber of Commerce said, “If we screen movies, we have to pay local body taxes immediately as it came into force from yesterday. We are closing since there is no other way out. We cannot increase prices for big ticket movies. We have requested the government to fix a threshold within which we should be allowed to either increase or cut down ticket prices as per the need.”
the critical decision was taken (by the chamber) without the consent of other organizations. In fact, we were not even informed and their move came as a shocker. We have urged them to revoke their decision and give us time to discuss the taxation issue with the government,” actor Vishal Krishna, President of the Tamil Film Producers’ Council.