The Lahore High Court has directed the Excise Department to collect entertainment tax from cinema houses.
As per the available details, LHC heard the petition against non-collection of entertainment tax from the cinema houses. The petitioner, Muhammad Hasnain, criticized the excise department for compromising the national exchequer just to favor some people.
He further stated that the excise department is required to collect entertainment tax on a daily basis under the Punjab Entertainments Duty Act of 1958. His petition also stated that the excise department has not collected the said tax after 765 days.
The individual contended that the national exchequer has been bearing a loss of millions of rupees annually just because the entertainment duty is not being collected.
Moreover, the income earned from the screening of Indian films is going to India without any tax deduction. The petitioner further requested the court to order action against the violators of the law.
After hearing the case, the court issued orders to the excise department to collect taxes from the excise department and implement the law within six weeks.