Tax hike irks exhibs

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Exhibitors in India’s capital are angry after local authorities said they planned to hike the entertainment tax from just 10 rupees (2¢) to a whopping 1,000 rupees ($22) per show.

National Assn. of Motion Pictures Exhibitors executive member Uday Kaushish says this translates to a tax of some $2,870 a month for single screen cinemas and $16,000 a month for multiplexes.

“If this revised tax is levied, it will be a body blow to exhibitors,” Kaushish said, adding that NAMPE was seeking a meeting with Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit to press for the proposals to be shelved.

Dixit argues that she is merely trying to bring the tax up to date — the 10 rupees a show levy was introduced in 1957.

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