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TN theatres shut down indefinitely in protest against heavy tax


Tamil film industry representatives have announced that cinema halls in Tamil Nadu would continue their protest on Tuesday against the State government's decision to levy a tax of 30% by local bodies in addition to the 28% Goods and Services Tax (GST) that came into effect on July 1. Tamil Nadu is the only state where an extra percent of entertainment tax is imposed other than GST.

Almost 1,000 cinema theatres across Tamil Nadu has shut down operations from today - July 3. Then there is 28 per cent GST becomes above this making it Rs 167 per ticket.

Theatres were shut "due to our inability to pay taxes", Ramanathan said in reference to the 30 per cent tax.

To be sure, Tamil Nadu has a history of according tax benefits to films quite easily. The Tamil Nadu government's last minute order converting the Entertainment Tax into local body tax has raised many questions. But industry experts say that the actual tax incidence works out to be more expensive. My film has just released and this move will kill my film. This would mean that at least 58% of a movie ticket will have to paid as tax.

Ramanathan added that members of the association had met Jayakumar earlier in the day and while there was no clarity on when film screenings would resume, they were hoping for a prompt response.

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The "Dasavatharam" actor said Tamil Nadu has left Bihar behind in corruption.

Abirami Ramanathan, president of the Tamil Nadu Cinema Theater Owners Federation, told the Press Trust of India: "We welcome GST".

Meanwhile theatre owners association and producers council members are trying to meet state government ministers and officials to sort out the issue.

Mumbai: While the implementation of GST has affected multiple sectors across consumer strata, the entertainment industry has been bearing the brunt as well, with a staggering 30% taxation forced onto it. "Actually, all South Indian businesses have together sent an aggregate portrayal to the focal government requesting that they put local silver screen at all chunk since one crore film and a 1,000 crore Hollywood film is in a similar expense piece, so that is unquestionably going to influence the local film", Vishal included. "You can not bring a Monoculture into a country like India", Kamal Haasan said.

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