Filmmakers shooting in Goa might get tax relief

Thursday, 14 July 2011, 10:17 Hrs
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Panaji: In a bid to promote Goa as a film shooting destination, the state government is working on a tax relief scheme which aims to refund entertainment tax back to filmmakers, an official said Thursday.

"What it (scheme) envisages is that the tax which the filmmakers have to incur on say film shoots in terms of accommodation and travel can be refunded to some extent. All that the filmmaker will have to do is submit bills," said Dilip Borkar, member of Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) formed by the state government for the promotion of films.

Filmmakers can thus recover a part of the taxes, Borkar said. The rebate under the proposed scheme would go well up to 50 percent, he added. Goa, which hosts the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) annually, has been home to several high budget film shoots in recent times like Vikram Bhatt's "Murder 2", Rohan Sippy's "Dum Maaro Dum" and Rohit Shetty's yet to be released "Singham".

When contacted, ESG chief executive officer Manoj Srivastava said the scheme was currently under consideration of the government.

"Our aim is to help lure filmmakers and investment into the state. Currently it is under the consideration of the Goa government. The scheme is still at the proposal stage and is subject to government approval and it is too early to speak about it," Srivastava said.
Source: IANS
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