Entertainment Tax Notice: Kochi Corporation Rejected The Demand Of Kerala Blasters: Kochi Corporation rejected Kerala Blasters’ request to withdraw the letter demanding entertainment tax.

Corporation officials stated that the entertainment tax is collected for football tournaments as per the government order and the court has not stopped the collection of the tax.

Kerala Blasters filed a written reply asserting that the entertainment tax notice issued by the corporation in connection with the Hero Indian Super League 2022-23 football matches to be held in Kochi is contrary to the High Court’s interim order and government orders.

After the implementation of GST in the country in June 2017, the Kerala government issued an order waiving entertainment tax on football matches in the state.

This government order is still in force. Also, the High Court had stayed the order passed by the Corporation demanding payment of entertainment tax on football matches.

A written reply was given to Blasters Corporation clarifying these aspects.

The ISL authorities did not respond to the two notices issued by the Municipal Corporation demanding payment of entertainment tax for the matches at the Kalur Nehru Stadium.

Blasters came out with a reply after the corporation warned that if an explanation is not given within 48 hours, they will take strict action.

In response to Blasters’ notice, it was explained that the Kochi Corporation has sent a notice in violation of the existing interim order of the Kerala High Court and applicable government orders regarding the collection of entertainment tax.

The corporation has decided to send another letter to Kerala Blasters asking them to pay entertainment tax for the ISL matches in Karur.


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