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GHMC collects Rs 60 cr entertainment tax in 2014

GHMC collects Rs 60 cr entertainment tax in 2014
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After a successful property tax drive in the last two years, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has gone on an overdrive and collected Rs 60 crore entertainment tax between June and December 2014. On an average, the commercial tax department is collecting Rs 7 crore entertainment tax every month.

After a successful property tax drive in the last two years, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has gone on an overdrive and collected Rs 60 crore entertainment tax between June and December 2014. On an average, the commercial tax department is collecting Rs 7 crore entertainment tax every month.

The GHMC is also planning to introduce an online system in March which would show the exact number of cinema halls, number of screens and seats available. Somesh Kumar, Special Officer and Commissioner, GHMC, said that the system would make it easy to track occupancy levels in cinema halls.

Anil Kumar, Commissioner, commercial tax department said that once the online system is introduced, it would throw up information through the website on the number of seats booked in each show every day so that there will be transparency that how many actual tickets have been booked for which the concerned theatre owner can pay the entertainment tax basing on the information given through website record.

The GHMC held a meeting with members of cinema hall managements and a demonstration of the system was given. The officials informed that the cinema hall management members showed positive intent in complying with entertainment tax. Navin Mittal, IAS, Special Commissioner, Additional Commissioners, D. Harichandana, S Hari Krishna, Jayaraj Kennedy and senior officials from Commercial Tax attended the meeting.

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