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Entertainment tax to be levied on IPL, T20 matches

mumbai Updated: Jun 22, 2010 02:56 IST
HT Correspondent

Indian Premier League (IPL) season four will be charged an entertainment tax in Maharashtra along with one-day international matches and T20.

This means you will have to shell out more to watch your favourite player at any stadium in the state.

The state government issued a government resolution (GR) on June 14 stating that all kinds of one-day cricket from Indian Premier League (IPL)

matches and T20 matches will be charged an entertainment tax.

The international test match has been kept outside the ambit of this tax. The GR states that cricket matches can be taxed since the sport has been commercialised and attracts huge sponsorships.

The tax will be charged under the Mumbai Entertainment Tax Act, 1923.

The state also filed an affidavit before the high court on Monday stating the same.

The affidavit was filed in a public interest litigation filed by Sena leader Subhash Desai, who challenged the state's decision to go slow on charging the tax.

The resolution follows a cabinet decision in May to charge 15-25 per cent tax on ticket sales of a match.

The matches played in cities like Mumbai and Pune will be charged 25 per cent of ticket sales as tax, while those in smaller towns will be charged 15 to 20 per cent tax.

The proposal was brought before the cabinet prior to IPL 3 but the decision was kept pending for the entire season. The delay was allegedly due to pressure from the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).

The decision will not cover the 2009 IPL season matches for which Desai had moved the high court.

He had sought recovery of entertainment tax on 14 matches played in Maharashtra saying the tax wasn't being recovered despite a decision taken in cabinet meeting held on March 20.