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Monday, July 3, 2017

Cinema theatres across Tamil Nadu close to protest double taxation Monday July 03,2017

Cinema theatres across Tamil Nadu cancelled screening of movies and shut down on Monday July 03,2017  in protest against the imposition of 30 per cent of entertainment tax in addition to 28 per cent GST (Goods and Services tax)

Over the weekend, multiplexes had also suspended online booking facilities demanding clarity if the state government would levy entertainment tax apart from the GST

Abirami Ramanathan, president of Tamil Film Chamber of Commerce, told PTI that all shows will be cancelled from July 3. He said the state government had earlier notified that municipalities would not levy tax on top of GST.

Abirami Ramanathan 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 state government needs to clarify how much tax will be levied on theatres after GST rollout. We request the state government to sort out the confusion immediately,” he added.

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