Assam Amusements and Betting Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2016 passed, aim to give a fillip to the local film industry

Assam Amusements and Betting TaxCurrent Affairs:The Assam Assembly  passed the Assam Amusements and Betting Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2016 on August 13th, reducing the service charge of cinema tickets with an aim to give a fillip to the local film industry.
The government, however, raised the entertainment tax on cinema tickets by up to ten percentile points.
Highlight of the Assam Amusements and Betting Tax (Amendment) Bill, 2016
  • The new Bill proposes to fix the service charge at a maximum of Rs 12 per ticket, which is as high as Rs 40 at present.
  • The government proposed to make service charge Rs 8 per ticket for the halls without air conditioning system and Rs 12 for the halls with air conditioning system with back-up generator.
  • There will be no service charge at all if the payment for admission is Rs 5 or less.
  • The Bill raised the government tax to 30 per cent on service charge from the existing 20 per cent.
  • The government proposed to increase the entertainment tax to 20 per cent from 15 per cent at present for entry charges between Rs 5 and Rs 20 per ticket.
  • The Bill said it will be 30 per cent compared to 20 per cent in case the admission charge is more than Rs 20 and there will be no entertainment tax if the entry charge is Rs 5 or less.

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