IB ministry supports Bollywood fraternity against service tax

By Hindustan Times

The Information and Broadcasting (I&B) ministry said Friday it would support the film fraternity's protest against the government's decision to levy service tax on actors. "We are with the industry and will support them entirely," I&B secretary Uday Kumar Verma told reporters in Mumbai.

"We are in the process of speaking to the finance ministry (which has levied the tax) and will request them to reconsider the decision. We shall also support the fraternity in their demand to roll back the tax," he added. However, Verma said that since the I&B ministry has no control over the taxation process, he could not promise if the tax would be rolled back or reduced.

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