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Help Entertainment duty: DTH operators top the chart
DTH operators are shelling out the maximum entertainment duty as compared to cable operators, theatres or amusement parks. The district entertainment department have collected Rs. 17 crore this fiscal from DTH operators (around eight private operators, including Videocon, Sun, Airtel, Tata among the operators) as compared to cable operators who have generated only Rs. 5 crore entertainment tax.

The DTH operators topped last year’s chart with Rs. 10-crore tax last fiscal. With a target of Rs. 58 crore set by the district entertainment department for 2010-11, the department has already achieved Rs. 50 crore a month ahead of the close of the fiscal.

“It’s been a good year and DTH has been topping the list like last year with Rs. 17 crore entertainment tax collected from this segment, followed by theatres and multiplexes at Rs. 22 crore, cable operators at Rs. 5 crore, race entertainment generating Rs. 4 crore while another Rs. 2 crore coming from amusement parks,” said entertainment duty officer Gitanjali Shirke.

The rules see entertainment tax being collected from different segments such as cinema where 40 per cent tax is to be collected for every ticket sale, cable and DTH charges are Rs. 45 for city, Rs. 30 for municipality, Rs. 15 for rural areas, 20 per cent charges for events, 10-15 per cent for amusement parks, 10 per cent for boating events, 10 per cent for amusement parks

On the DTH segment receiving the maximum entertainment duty, she attributes it to the growing number of users as against cable owners. “The users are high and there are many private players now, generating more entertainment tax,” said Shirke.

Though it is a general belief that multiplexes generate a good income, the exemptions have reduced the entertainment tax coming from this sector.

The recent ICC cricket world cup matches are being screened at many hotels, pubs and clubs without paying the mandatory entertainment tax. “We have drawn out a list and are carrying out raids till March 23,” she said.

The rules state that they have to pay 20 per cent of the amount that these commercial establishments charge. The department has appealed to hotels, clubs and pubs to pay the tax to avoid any inaction. With a team of 16 people on field, the department is facing a staff crunch to get the collection.

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