The poker capital of India, Goa has again made headlines as the Commercial Tax Department in Goa announced on December 31, 2017 that every casino transaction in the state will be liable for GST (Goods and Services Tax). This has surely become one of the breaking poker news India in 2018!
According to Deepak Bandeka, the commissioner of state GST and commercial taxes, the casinos across Goa have paid around INR 40.11 crore in SGST in a period of 6 months from July to December, 2017. The announcement has come in regard to the allegations made by Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco, Congress MLA from Curtorim. Lourenco claimed that Goa casino bills were avoiding GST while issuing bills. Now that is some serious allegation!
The department declared that all casinos were initially liable to pay INR 1000 as entry fee and an additional gaming tax of 15% on sale of playing chips as per the Goa Entertainment Tax Act, 196. An official statement noted “From 1st July, 2017, the said Entertainment Tax is subsumed and all the transactions on casinos are liable to GST. Casino entry fee is charged as well as sale of playing chips are liable for 28 per cent GST (14% CGST+ 14% SGST). So also cooked food is charged @5% without input tax credit and liquor @22% under VAT. Till December 2017, casinos have paid ₹40.11 crore towards SGST in cash deducting the input tax credit available to them which was not available to them under the earlier Entertainment Tax.”
It further added “As regards the claim that bills are issued without mentioning GST, if such instances are brought to the notice, necessary action against the casino shall be initiated.”
With the looming casino policy announced by Manohar Parrikar, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Goa, in December 2017, it remains to be seen how all these factors and policies affect the poker culture in Goa and India at large. We will eagerly wait for the updates to this story and keep you posted on the latest happenings with our poker news daily.
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