53% tax blow for India-Australia Chennai ODI ticket price

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Cricket lovers will have to pay 53% more for getting into Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium for the India versus Australia one-day international. Courtesy taxes – 28% GST and 25% municipality tax.

The India-Australia ODI series opener will be the first international cricket match in the country under new tax regime.

“We all know about the 28 % GST. However, prior to this, we didn’t charge the public for Municipality tax for ODIs and Tests. We added it only during IPL and Champions League T20 matches. After the new regulations, we have to include it for Tests and ODIs as well. We have no option,” Times of India has quoted a top TNCA official as saying. “If we slash the price then TNCA will have to bear a loss. We know how tough the price surge would be for fans. We have come up with a few options regarding ticket prices. We will discuss that in our EC meet on August 25 and then take a call.”

The tickets which cost Rs 750 during the 2015 India-South Africa series, the last time when Chepauk had hosted an international game, will cost Rs 1,200 under the revised taxation system.

A 28% GST is levied for all entertain events. Cricket matches are in the same category. This means a minimum of 28% tax will apply on all the tickets for the India-Australia series.

Australia will be playing five one-day internationals on their forthcoming tour of India.

The high tax rates certainly are not a good commentary for one day international cricket as the cricket administrators world over are struggling to draw fans to the stadiums.