Strict rules for Tamil film ET exemption!

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Wednesday, Jul 27, 2011

Strict rules for Tamil film ET exemption!

The Jayalalithaa government has cracked the whip.

The Tamil Nadu government has issued stringent norms for feature films with Tamil title to be eligible for entertainment tax.

The 15 % tax exemption for films with Tamil titles was introduced by the earlier DMK government. It was touted as "Karunanidhi gift to Tamil cinema"  and his lackeys in the industry went about implementing it for all sorts of films.

Now the new government has modified it and made it very difficult for mass masala movies with Tamil titles to get tax exemption.  As per the GO issued by the commercial taxes department, films with only 'U' censor certificate are eligible for tax exemption.

And films which have got 'U' certificate should not depict "excessive violence or obscenity." Most important is that the story-line or plot of the films "should be conducive to the development of Tamil language and culture". Above all the dialogues in the film should be predominantly in Tamil.

The new tax rules has made it almost impossible for any commercial film to get tax exemption. The theatres in Tamil Nadu have been keeping the tax amount (15 % of the gross ticket amount), with them since May 13, the day Jayalalithaa had a landslide win in the assembly elections.

As per the new modification in tax rules, films which had applied for tax exemption like Avan Ivan, Aranayakandam, Kanchana have no chance, as they are all 'A' certificate films! The only film which may be exempted is Deivathirumagal which has an 'U' certificate and has no blood, gore or bad language!

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