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TV & radio broadcasters ask to treated at par with newspapers under GST

Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF), the apex body of broadcasters in the country has asked the government to treat electronic media (television and radio) at par with newspapers with the introduction of Goods and Services Tax (GST). It has urged the government to classify TV under 'the categorized under the item of mass consumption having a GST rate of 5%.' This follows an editorial in the Times of India last week which called for a "zero rating of newspapers" and that tax rates should be kept same as or lower than current levels of duty. GST bill passed in August 2016, exempts newspapers from any indirect taxation. However, mobile and digital advertising was removed from the negative list in the 2014 budget subjecting it to service tax once again, after two years of no service tax being applicable from 2012-14. It was…

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