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Final round of talks on cinema taxation failed

The final round of talks between the film industry and the State government on the contentious issue of levy of local body taxes on cinema tickets over and above the Goods and Services Tax (GST) has ended without arriving at a solution. Sources say a decision by the government is likely in the next two days.

With the objective of resolving this issue, a committee constituted by the government received representations from the Tamil Film Chamber of Commerce, including those of Abirami Ramanathan, president of the Tamil Nadu Cinema Theatre Owners Federation, Vishal, actor, general secretary of the Nadigar Sangam and president of the Tamil Film Producers’ Council, as well as State government officials from various departments such as the Commercial Taxes and Registration, Home, Prohibition and Excise, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj and Finance.

The panel conducted its second and final round of talks with industry representatives on Monday, but failed to bring about a solution.

“We represented our concerns about the levy of local body taxes. The government officials said they would discuss these with the Chief Minister and other Ministers and communicate their decision to us. As of now, the status quo continues. We are hopeful of a positive decision,” Mr. Ramanathan told the Media

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