Fantasy sports body urges govt not to impose GST on online gaming with retrospective effect

The Federation of Indian Fantasy Sports (FIFS), on Wednesday, urged the government not to impose a 28 per cent GST on online gaming with retrospective effect, as it is discouraging investors to put in their money into this booming industry.

The GST Council, in its meeting in August, held that online gaming would attract 28 per cent GST on the face value of bets at entry level. Pursuant to the decision, the GST authorities have sent notices to several online gaming companies for recovery of taxes.

Speaking at the ‘TIOL Tax Congresss 2023’, Federation of Indian Fantasy Sports (FIFS) director general Joy Bhattarcharjee said the issue of GST rate is more or less settled and the only issue that the industry have is retrospective provision of the law because it is discouraging investors to put in their money into this booming industry.

“However, retrospectivity of GST provisions is a very difficult blow for us. Having ‘contingent liability’ will spook away the investors whom we need during this growth phase,” he said.

Also, speaking at the occasion, Directorate General of GST Intelligence (DGGI) Principal DG Anil Kumar Gupta said the government’s intention is not to discourage a rising industry, but to settle a issue lingering on from long time and the government is quite open to look into the progress after some time.

“It was not an easy decision.

“…moreover, it will be up for review after six months, wherein depending on the scenario, government will take a call,” Gupta said.