TN govt rejects Kollywood’s request to withdraw local body entertainment tax

The Tamil Nadu government on Monday rejected a demand by the film industry to withdraw the 10 per cent local body entertainment tax which was levied recently

State Information and Publicity Minister Kadambur Raju said the additional tax would not be rolled back as it would not affect the film industry in any way.

Hitting out at the Tamil Nadu Government over the imposition of 10% entertainment tax on films, Nadigar Sangam General secretary Vishal announced on Sunday that a delegation will be meeting Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami over the issue.

But their plea may fall on deaf years as the state information minister Kadambur Raju has now stated that there are no plans to rollback the tax.

Vishal appealed to the State government to withdraw the entertainment tax and said the government should not build a ‘manimandapam’ for the industry as with the high taxes, they would find it impossible to function.

He further said that the vice-president of the Sangam, Karunas, who is also an MLA, was involved in talks with the government on the issue.