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Levy on foreign films and tele dramas increased

The Ministry of Finance today announced that the levy on dubbed foreign films, tele dramas and commercial programmes, imported from abroad and aired locally, has been increased from Rs 90,000 to Rs 150,000 with immediate effect.

A statement issued by the ministry said that the tax was increased
according to the requests made by artists and organizations affiliated to the cinema and tele drama industry in the country to Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera.

Accordingly the current minimum charge of Rs 90,000 per day imposed on tele dramas or films dubbed in Sinhala or Tamil language consisting of a maximum of four parts and with a duration of 30 minutes or more, has been increased to Rs 150,000.

The relevant Gazette notification has been issued by the minister and will come into effect from midnight yesterday (7), the statement said.