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Mamata government to give rebates on cinema tickets in GST regime

State finance minister Amit Mitra said the rebates will be applicable for Bengali, Nepali and Saotali cinemas.

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The West Bengal government on Wednesday decided to give rebates on regional cinema tickets in the upcoming Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime so that the effective tax rate will remain at par with the existing two per cent entertainment tax, a senior minister said on Wednesday.

"Out of the proposed 18% GST rate to be imposed on regional cinema, 9% share belongs to the state. The cabinet has decided to give 7% rebate on the cinema tickets amounting Rs100 or less, to keep the tax rate at par with the existing 2% entertainment tax," state finance minister Amit Mitra told reporters after a cabinet meeting.

He said the GST council proposed 28% tax rate for the cinema tickets amounting more than Rs100.

"In case of tickets costing more than Rs100, state's share of tax comes to 14%. The cabinet also decided to give 12% rebate on these cinema tickets," Mitra said.

The rebates will be applicable for Bengali, Nepali and Saotali cinemas, he said.

Mitra said initially 28% GST rates was proposed to be imposed on cinema but the state had opposed it.

"We opposed the high tax rates on cinema tickets. Later, the GST council proposed 18% rate for the regional cinema for the tickets worth Rs100 or less," he added.