The Turf Authority of India (TAI), an organized affiliation of six race golf equipment in India, has urged the Centre and States to rework norms related to the applicability of Goods & Services (GST) on horse racing.
TAI has recommended levying GST on only commission or carrier charge retained through a race membership and excluding the winner’s prize money. The affiliation has additionally driven for a decrease fee of GST — 18 in keeping with cent — because the Supreme Court has declared horse racing as ‘recreation of talent’ and not a ‘recreation of chance.’
“Horse racing is neither gaming nor gambling as described and envisaged below the 2 acts (Police Act and Gaming Act),” the apex courtroom had said manner again in 1996.
At present, GST is levied at the fee of 28 in keeping with cent on the transactional fee of making a bet — on the overall wager cost. During horse racing, many people (higher referred to as punters) vicinity wager or ‘wagers.’ Race clubs act as providers for the wagering transaction. The wagers are positioned thru the totalisator, which is largely a computerized device that pools the wagers (after deduction of charges and statutory taxes) of numerous punters and additionally divides the whole bet quantity to be dispensed to the prevailing punters.
To provide the service of facilitating wagering transactions, the race golf equipment gets some commission deducted and retained with the aid of the club from the overall bet value. In addition, the statutory tax that is to be levied is also deducted from the full wager price at this degree. The remaining amount is subsequently fed into the totalisator and becomes part of the betting pool for department and distribution among winning punters.
According to V Harimohan Naidu, Chairman and Senior Steward with Bangalore Turf Club Ltd, this is crucial trouble. GST is levied on the whole fee, which includes the fee levied with the aid of race club, and hence real outgo for punters is much less.
Illegal having a bet
“This promotes illegal having a bet which in flip consequences in lesser revenue for the government and of route race club,” Naidu stated while including that it additionally affects horse breeding sector and diverse allied sports.
He said that revenue for Bangalore Turf Club for the duration of the pre-GST regime became over ₹1,900 crores which got here right down to nearly ₹850 crores right now after the creation of GST. Similarly, Zavaray Poonawala, President, Poonawala organization, which operates stud company close to Pune, said the heavy impact of sales approach loss for the complete breeding quarter. “If this example maintains, then technically speak, 10,000 horses are to be put to sleep. Also, about three lakhs person-days can be lost,” he said. Besides, farm activities can also be affected.
According to GST policies, the fee of supply of actionable claim within the form of threat to win in betting, gambling, or horse racing in a race club will be one hundred percent of the face cost of the bet or the quantity paid into the totalisator. This is because entry 6 of Schedule III of CGST Act defines “Actionable claims, other than lottery, making a bet and playing” no longer as delivery of services. This meant the Act does now not levy any tax on the prize cash of horse racing.
The affiliation has requested tax authority for around for clarification as “the Act takes precedence over guidelines, notification or circular there should now not be any GST on actionable declare (prize cash in horse racing) with the aid of treating horse racing as the sport of skill and now not as making a bet or playing.” So globally, there’s tax simplest on the fee.
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