Turf authorities petition Piyush Goyal to lessen GST on horse racing

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FacebookTwitterGoogle+LinkedInRedditWhatsAppShare, The Turf Authorities of India (TAI), an apex frame of the six racing clubs in India, made a illustration to Union Minister Piyush Goyal on 14th February 2019 inquiring for a trade in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) rate that is charged on bets taken via race clubs and bookmakers. The conglomeration of turf golf equipment, of their representation to Minister Goyal (who on the time of the TAI representation held the Finance portfolio), stated that the 28% GST that is currently being charged at the face cost of the bets made and now not on the commission or earnings utilizing the club, which is unfair and resulting in a big loss of revenue. Further, TAI has contended that as in line with a Supreme Court selection, horse racing and betting on it’s been held to be a recreation of ability and exempt from the definition of playing, therefore the classification of horse race betting beneath the category of gambling and as an excellent in place of provider is inaccurate.

According to TAI, the whole taxes paid to various kingdom governments earlier than the implementation of GST (in the economic year 2016-17) have been Rs. 305 crores at the same time as the taxes paid in the transition duration of GST implementation of 2017-18 become Rs. 186 crores. TAI additionally stated that revenues would gradually slide because of the excessive tax charge in the next years, leading to even extra decreased turnover of race golf equipment and much fewer tax collections for the government. Apart from the pony racing golf equipment, the lottery industry has additionally complained that a GST charge of 28% on the face fee of lottery tickets has caused a huge discount in business and loss of many roles. In December the last yr, the Mumbai police raided and arrested racecourse bookmakers and lottery parlour proprietors for alleged evasion and non-charge of GST. Tax authorities have additionally raided and slapped evasion instances towards several top lottery advertising and distribution groups.