Tax reimbursements for filmmakers being considered by Goa Government

    GOA: The Goa government is considering offering tax reimbursement to the filmmakers shooting here. The announcement was made on the sidelines of the day long Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) seminar, by Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) chief executive officer Manoj Srivastava.
    “We are trying to promote film shoots in Goa. Tax reimbursement scheme for the filmmakers shooting in the state is being worked out. We are considering an arrangement wherein half of the tax amount would be reimbursed to the filmmaker after he produces the bills and the film is ready,” said Srivastava.
    Srivastava said that the state is in the process of formulating the scheme which will be a major pull for the filmmakers to shoot in Goa. He also expressed that the filmmakers would be largely benefited if central taxes are relaxed. “I am echoing the sentiments of Yash Chopra who has also expressed a need of relaxation of taxes," he added.
    Chopra during inaugural of IFFI 2010 had said that the central government had failed to support the film industry.
    Srivastava said that in next three to four years, the tax would be going to be biggest issue for the filmmakers.
    Giving inaugural remarks, CII’s Goa State Council chairman Naveen Kapoor said that the film industry should be made aware about the new shooting locations. He also added that though Indian film industry has captive audience, there is a need for new market penetrations.