TN to cut entertainment tax by two per cent

As many as 11,555 people have been diagnosed with dengue in Tamil Nadu out of which nearly 6,000 cases were reported in the last two months according to data released by the Union health ministry

After tumultuous weeks of protest, the Tamil Nadu government finally made a decision to reduce the Entertainment tax (local body tax) from 10% to 8%.

The standoff saw several new Tamil flicks being held up as film producers body announced last week that new movies would not be screened in view of the tax.

The Tamil Nadu government has regulated the ticket prices of movies in multiplexes and non- ac halls after a long gap of 17 years.

The fate of new movies of top stars like actor Vijay's "Mersal" slated for release for Deepavali next week hung in balance. On October 7, the producers' council imposed an embargo on new Tamil film releases protesting the government decision to levy 1 percent tax on Kollywood films, in addition to 28 percent GST.

Besides Vishal, his colleagues from the Council, representatives of the Tamil Nadu Film Exhibitors Association led by Abirami Ramanathan, film distributors including Tirupur Subramaniam participated.

According to Vishal, theatres will not charge more for the tickets than fixed by the government and they would also sell eatables and other items only at the printed maximum retail price. The maximum ticket price in multiplexes and air-conditioned theatres in Chennai would now be Rs 160 while the minimum will be Rs 50.

The filmmakers demanded the local body tax be completely abolished.

Producers' body in the state had been protesting against the imposition of the said tax. The total ticket price will be approximately around Rs 230.

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