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Next season, pay more for IPL, ODI matches ticket

The Maharashtra government will levy entertainment duty on the forthcoming seasons of the IPL and one-day international matches.

india Updated: Dec 11, 2010 02:00 IST
HT Correspondent

You will have to pay more for tickets to Indian Premier League (IPL) matches or one-day internationals in future.

The Maharashtra government will levy entertainment duty on the forthcoming seasons of the IPL and one-day international matches.

It will not collect the tax for the tournament held in March this year or for earlier tournaments.

“The state government had on June 14, 2010, decided to charge entertainment duty on the IPL considering the huge sponsorship amount the tournament received. It was also decided to levy duty on one day international matches,” state revenue minister Balasaheb Thorat said in a written reply to a question from Maharashtra Navnirman Sena legislator Bala Nandgaonkar and others in the Assembly on Friday.

Legislators asked why the government had failed to recover entertainment duty from the IPL for matches held in 2010. Thorat said the matches were held in March 2010 while the decision to levy the duty was taken in June.

Thorat said there was no provision to recover entertainment duty on matches that were played before June 14, 2010—the day the new rule came into force.

The state had on May 12, 1964, exempt all sports activities except horse racing from entertainment duty. The commercialisation of cricket and the sponsorships the IPL had bagged, prompted the government to decide to levy entertainment duty on those matches, Thorat said.