Maharashtra to tax T-20 matches

The state cabinet on Wednesday decided to levy entertainment tax on the Twenty20 matches as well as the other cricket matches.

 “Considering the changing cricket scenario and commercialisation of the game, the government has decided to impose entertainment tax,”  Revenue secretary Ramesh Kumar said.

The quantum of tax for matches held in Mumbai will be 25 per cent and for those played at venues located within the jurisdiction of other municipal corporations will range between 15 and 20 per cent, Kumar said.

The IPL is so cash rich, that it has no issues with the new tax. The IPL commissioner Lalit Modi told reporters that the private league has “no issue over paying tax.”“It is not an issue at all. If there is an entertainment tax, we will pay it,” he said. The government is expecting a revenue of Rs 15 crore per year.

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