The FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup 2020 local organising committee had a strategy in place as early as in 2017 to avoid Goods and Services Tax on most of the tickets. Now, the Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s latest “gift” will ensure that there is no GST at all on the FIFA Under- 17 Women’s World Cup, to be held in India next year.
The 37th Goods and Services Council has proposed that the upcoming FIFA under-17 Women’s World Cup be exempted from service tax.
“To exempt services related to FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup 2020, similar to existing exemption given to FIFA under-17 World Cup 2017,” the Finance Minister has revealed, referring to the recommendation made by the GST Council.
The Women’s under-17 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to be held in Odisha in November next year.
FIFA had also devised a mechanism to avoid GST on most of the tickets of the Under-17 Football World Cup in India. The local organising committee chief of the colts World Cup, Javier Ceppi in July 2017 had stated that the event’s tickets would not be affected by GST. The tournament organising body had then priced most of the tickets below ₹ 250 as the GST regime then would exempt sports events tickets priced below ₹ 250.