Tax on foreign commercials increased

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The Cabinet on Tuesday sharply increased the tax on films, tele-dramas and TV commercials produced in a foreign country and telecast by local TV stations.

Accordingly, a tele-drama or a film dubbed in Sinhala or Tamil will have to pay Rs. 150,000 per first 4 slots with 30 minutes duration or less per day.

This is an increase of Rs. 160,000 per slot from earlier tax of Rs. 90,000 per slot.

For the next four slots the payment of tax has been increased to Rs. 250,000 per slot from Rs. 90,000 and the balance slots to Rs. 350,000 per slot from earlier Rs. 90,000.

For repeat telecasts with 30 minutes or less duration will have to pay a tax of Rs. 50,000 per slot, an increase of Rs. 20,000 from earlier Rs. 30,000. For next four slots the payment is Rs. 80,000 from Rs. 30,000 and for the balance slots it is Rs. 120,000 from Rs. 30,000.

Tax for a slot of other foreign tele-dramas has also been increased to Rs. 100,000 from Rs. 75,000.

This was also a budget 2017 proposal.The proposal had been presented by Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Smaraweera. (Sandun A Jayasekera)

  Comments - 11

  • John Wednesday, 06 December 2017 05:58 PM

    Next up, tax on foreign ideas like non-corrupt, competent politicians.

    sobers Wednesday, 06 December 2017 06:14 PM

    There is no production of English,Tamil or Hindi in Srilanka, People turn to foreign made Films and Dramas as our stuff is below standards. Hence such heavy taxation deprives public interests.

    Anu Thursday, 07 December 2017 05:59 PM

    "a tele-drama or a film dubbed in Sinhala or Tamil will have to pay"

    michael Wednesday, 06 December 2017 06:33 PM

    Thats a shot 4 our TV Channels.

    ceylon Wednesday, 06 December 2017 06:43 PM

    this is stupid and anty entertainment action against people.trying to force people to watch local low quality garbage and preventing them to enjoy. via DM Android App

    ceylon Wednesday, 06 December 2017 06:48 PM

    sirisena ranil stupid rule is daily becoming anty people government.even disturbing peoples enjoyment.their idiotness has no limits.dont vote them. via DM Android App

    Sirimalee Wednesday, 06 December 2017 07:09 PM

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    ANTON Wednesday, 06 December 2017 07:42 PM


    ceylon Wednesday, 06 December 2017 07:59 PM

    looting by ask other countries to increase tax on srilanka made products.even that lankan fools run government dont care. via DM Android App

    Summa Wednesday, 06 December 2017 08:07 PM

    These foreign tele-dramas, mainly the Indian shows are so stupid but our mid-aged ladies cannot live without watching them. Why ? Because, our Sri Lankans are more foolish and after watching them they've lost their sense of good taste. Every Sri Lankan tele-drama or the comedy wants to popularize a catch-phrase. Oh, the comedies !! Someone has to tickle us to laugh. The male and female actors are so over-acting and it seems that over-acting is the best acting. They lack conveying feelings from facial expressions or body-language. If two or three actors in the 'scene', then they'll shift positions to keep the happening live !!!

    lankaman Thursday, 07 December 2017 10:46 AM

    Channels like Discovery, History and Animal Planet needs to be exempt since they provide education as well as entertainment. The tax on these 3rd class Indian junk mega teles shown on Sirasa and others need to me taxed 1 million per 10 minute slot

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