By Nasuha Badrul Huzaini
SHAH ALAM, Nov 25 — The state government has decided to extend the exemption of the Entertainment Duty until December 31 next year, said Menteri Besar Dato’ Seri Amirudin Shari.
Although the sector is one of the main contributors to Selangor’s tax revenues, he said the waiver will be implemented in light of the struggles faced by industry players, including local stage performers, live bands, and buskers.
“Therefore, we will extend the exemption of the Entertainment Duty which was first introduced this year, to December 31, 2023.
“In addition, the state government is also aware of the issues faced by organisers and operators of ticketed entertainment activities, who are required to pay the deposit before obtaining full permission from the local councils even if the tickets have yet to be entirely sold.
“Therefore, the state government has agreed to reduce the deposit rate to 20 per cent of the original deposit, as part of our effort to improve the delivery of services and the ease of doing business to entertainment operators and organisers in Selangor,” Amirudin said when tabling the 2023 Selangor Budget at the Selangor State Legislative Assembly, here today.
He added the state government also wishes to develop an online system for a one-stop centre to handle the processes of Entertainment Duty, licences, and entertainment venue permits.
“This effort will involve the Selangor State Treasury, the State Economic Planning Unit (Upen) and all 12 local authorities in the state,” he said.