Around 1000 Cinema Theatres In Tamil Nadu To Stay Shut From Today

1100 Theatres To Remain Closed From Monday In Tamil Nadu

1100 Theatres To Remain Closed From Monday In Tamil Nadu

In reply to a query on the strike called by Tamil Nadu Theatre Owners' Association that has led to the closure of over 1,000 cinema halls all over the state, he said discussions were being held to sort out the issue. He added that the decision has been taken by around 1,000 cinema halls.

Ms. Ramanathan said theaters were shut due to "our inability to pay taxes and our move is not against the government". They want only a single GST tax, saying both together will be an unaffordable 60 per cent.

Local tax has been levied in addition to GST.

DMK working president M K Stalin had said his party has been maintaining that traders should be given time to switch over to GST and talks must be held with them. Film industry is one among the many industries asphyxiated by the prevailing systemic corruption in the state. "We are hoping that the state government will roll back the entertainment tax on Monday".

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"We are not against the government".

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Under the Goods and Services Tax, film businesses have to pay taxes to the tune of 28 per cent for tickets over Rs 100 and 18 per cent for those priced below Rs 100.

GST taxes items classed as "luxury" goods more highly, and the classification system has sparked controversy among traders.

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It is not just the film industry that is under stress in the southern state. The theatre owners are also entitled to pay entertainment tax. The state government is not too keen to waive off the local body taxes, and that is where the crunch lies.

"It's simple, we are only the collecting point, the money only goes further into the industry which at this rate of taxation, will collapse", Ramanathan said.

Mumbai: While the implementation of GST has affected multiple sectors across consumer strata, the entertainment industry has been bearing the brunt as well, with a staggering 30% taxation forced onto it.

Representatives of Tamil Nadu Theatre Owners and Distributors Association (TNTODA), South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce, South Indian Artistes' Association (SIAA), Tamil Film Producers Council and Film Employees Federation of South India (FEFSI) met Palaniswami to discuss the matter.

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