The matter has been raised in Assam where GST department of Assam have asked the “Bihu committees” located in Assam to make all transactions in cheque, including payments to artistes. If this order is followed, the artistes would have to pay GST @18%.
Rongali Bihu is a major source of income for singers, musicians, comedians, actors and everyone else associated with the entertainment industry in Assam. BIHUTOLIS are temporary stages set up for cultural programmes that start mid-April and end with Bogahi Bidai (Farewell Spring) more than a month later.
Authorities said there is no reason why the artistes should avoid paying tax by opting for cash. Over this, artist said that this is not a case where one celebrity making a lots of money. Bihu is the only festival which comes with reasonable income for artistes.
The Bihu committees insisted that functions organised during the spring time festival should be exempt from GST. The government can collect GST from professional artistes performing at major events but the traditional Bihu stages should be tax free.