1. AAP govt hikes tax; watching movies, TV to be dearer from Monday in Delhi

AAP govt hikes tax; watching movies, TV to be dearer from Monday in Delhi

Watching movies and television will be dearer in Delhi from Monday with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government issuing a notification of an increase in entertainment tax.

By: | New Delhi | Published: July 16, 2015 8:59 PM
The proposal to increase entertainment tax from 20 per cent to 40 per cent. (Reuters)

Aam Aadmi Party government has hiked entertainment tax from 20 per cent to 40 per cent in Delhi. (Reuters)

Watching movies and television will be dearer in Delhi from Monday with the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government issuing a notification of an increase in entertainment tax.

The proposal to increase entertainment tax from 20 per cent to 40 per cent was tabled by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia in Assembly last month and the government has now notified its decision.

“Watching movies in cinema halls in Delhi will be costlier from July 20 as government has issued the notification in this regard,” said a senior government official.

Apart from this, watching television through cable and DTH services will also cost more as the decision to increase an entertainment tax on these services from Rs 20 to Rs 40 was also notified by the AAP government.

The official also said that government may also notify its decision to increase luxury tax from 10 per cent to 15 per cent in next week.

According to the official, the file pertaining to luxury tax has been sent to its law department for its clearance before notifying this decision.

Yesterday, the Arvind Kejriwal government increased the VAT rate on petrol from 20% to 25% and on diesel from 12.5% to 16.6%, resulting in an increase in the prices of petrol and diesel by Rs 2.78 per litre and 1.83 per litre (approx) respectively.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress also criticised the government’s move, accusing it of “cheating” people.

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    ek
    Jul 16, 2015 at 10:37 pm
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      Devi Prasad
      Jul 17, 2015 at 7:39 am
      Delhites have a high per capita income (2nd highest among Indian States). The tax-to- GDP ratio in the state is the lowest in the India. The Delhi Government doesn't impose professional tax as done by other States. So, why not Delhi Government raise revenue through Professional tax instead of additional VAT on petrol and diesel, which keep fluctuating when prices go down?
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        Devi Prasad
        Jul 16, 2015 at 9:55 pm
        Delhites don't pay professional tax unlike the citizens in other States. Delhi's Tax-to-GSDP ratio is the lowest in India, though Delhites have 2nd highest per capita income in India. So, let them pay increased VAT and also professional tax. Just that the Delhi government should not use the tax revenue for personalised advers but spend on maintaining Plan-roads to reduce idle burning of petrol at intersections & to close pots on the roads, and to improve the foot paths for pedestrians to walk freely.
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