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Govt presents Bill to bring online gaming, lotteries, gambling under SGST ambit | Mumbai News


The state government on Thursday presented a Bill in the Legislative Assembly to bring several services like online gaming and online money gaming, betting, gambling, horse racing, lotteries and casinos under the ambit of Maharashtra Goods and Services Tax.

If the Bill is cleared by the both the Houses, these services will come under the ambit of SGST.

It will be additional source of income for the state exchequer and the service providers will have to pay the GST for providing these services by amending the Maharashtra Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017.

Even as the government has brought the Bill, betting, gambling and casinos operations are banned in Maharashtra.

According to the Bill, presented in the Lower House, the Goods and Services Tax Council in its 50th and 51st meeting considered representation from various associations on the issues regarding taxability of casinos, horse racing and online gaming and recommended to make certain amendments to provide clarity on it.

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Hence accordingly, the Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 has been amended by the Parliament to Central Goods and Services Tax (Amendment) Act, 2023.

In order to maintain the uniformity in applicability of the provisions of the Central Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017 and the Maharashtra Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017, it is considered expedient to amend the Maharashtra Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017, the Bill said.

“The salient features of the proposed amendments to the Maharashtra Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017, are to define the expressions ‘online gaming’, ‘online money gaming’ as specified actionable claim and ‘virtual digital asset’, insert a provision in the definition of ‘supplier’ to provide clarity regarding ‘supplier’ in case of supply of  ‘specified actionable claim’ and to insert a new clause in Section 24 of the Act, to provide for mandatory registration of the person for supplying online money gaming, from a place outside India to a person in India; and to amend paragraph 6 of Schedule III of the Act, so as to provide clarity regarding taxability of actionable claims involved in or by way of casinos, horse racing and online gaming,” the Bill the states.

“As both Houses of the State Legislature are not in session and the Governor of Maharashtra is satisfied that circumstances exist which render it necessary for him to take immediate action further to amend the Maharashtra Goods and Services Tax Act, 2017, for the purposes aforesaid, this Ordinance is promulgated,” the Bill stated.





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