Indian cinemas shut in tax protest More than 1,000 cinemas in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu have closed in GST protest.
Eastern Eye Staff
More than 1,000 cinemas in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu have closed in protest at a hike in taxes after the government introduced a nationwide levy. Movie theatres in the southern state darkened their screens from Monday (3), saying a state tax of 30 per cent on tickets on top of the new national tax of 28 per cent will deter cinema-goers and encourage piracy. The government introduced a new goods and service tax (GST) on Saturday (1) in India’s biggest-ever fiscal reform. It intends to replace more than a dozen national and state levies with a single unified tax code. But as part of negotiations to get states to accept the GST,…
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