New Delhi: The government is looking at a single rate of 28% goods and services tax (GST) on lottery as part of the “one-nation, one-tax” principle, while also exploring the option of putting restrictions on online lottery. The GST Council, which meets in Goa on Friday, is expected to decide on the vexed issue that has split states, some of which are supporting the current mechanism of a lower rate for state-run lotteries, and a higher levy on the state-sponsored ones.
The lottery industry, which is controlled by a handful of operators, is pitching for a uniform 12% levy and removal of tax on prize money. Currently, lotteries run by state government, which if conducted within the state and by state-owned agencies, face 12% GST.
But those which are authorised by the state government, sold outside the organising state and conducted by private
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