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New GST Rules For Online Games And Betting In India

By Rohit - July 13, 2023 - Last updated on Jul 13, 2023 01:54 PM
New GST Rules For Online Games And Betting In India

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council has announced that bets placed in online gaming, horse racing, and casinos will now levy a 28 per cent tax at full value. This means that gamers in India will now have to pay an additional 28% tax on the amount they spend on online games.

The decision to levy 28% GST on online gaming was made by the GST Council in its 50th meeting on July 11, 2023. The council said that the decision was made " considering the moral question" that online gaming cannot be taxed at par with essential commodities.

Impact of 28% GST on online gaming industry and users

The 28% GST on online gaming is likely to have a significant impact on the gaming industry in India. First, it will likely lead to an increase in the cost of online gaming for consumers. Second, it could discourage new players from entering the market. Third, it could lead to an increase in the number of illegal online gaming platforms.

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  • The 28% GST on online gaming will apply to all bets placed, regardless of whether the game is skill-based or chance-based.
  • The effective date for the 28% GST levy on online gaming has not yet been announced.
  • The GST Council is considering amendments to the GST law to include online gaming.

It remains to be seen how the 28% GST on online gaming will impact the industry in the long term. However, it is clear that the decision will have a significant impact on the growth of the industry in India.

How the Online gaming giants reacted to this decision of 28% GST on the Online gaming industry

Online gaming companies have reacted negatively to the decision to levy 28% GST on their industry. The All India Gaming Federation (AIGF), which represents companies like Winzo, Zupee, GamesKraft, and Nazara, described the decision as unconstitutional, irrational, and egregious.

BhartPe founder Ashneer Grover strongly criticized the GST council's decision to impose a 28% tax on online gaming. He expressed his concerns about the suddenness of the judgment and India's regulatory risks. Grover even predicted that tech companies might relocate to places like Dubai or Singapore. In response to a Twitter user pointing out policy inconsistency.

"Why judgment on online gaming now? Everyone from Virat Kohli to MS Dhoni to Sourav Ganguly has endorsed online gaming. Why was India public/Govt/BCCI not outraged by all cricketers endorsing? Why was BCCI allowed to take Dream 11 as the title sponsor? Sab Doglapan hai -Tech founders are dispensable - that’s the only truth."

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