The district administration has recovered ` 13.62 crore in entertainment tax thereby surpassing the collection target of ` 12.50 crore set by the state government for the current fiscal year.
Aurangabad district has generated the maximum amount in entertainment tax after Mumbai, Thane and Pune, this year. Last year, the target for the district was set at ` 9.95 crore while the actual collection was ` 11.61 crore. Considering this, the state had increased the target to ` 12.50 crore for the fiscal year 2012-13, said entertainment tax officer Pawde.
The tax was recovered from the single screen theatres, multiplexes, mobile theatres, cable, DTH, video houses, video games, entertainment garden, pool game, Go Kartings and luxury buses with video facility.
Out of ` 13.65 crore, the administration has recovered ` 4.50 crore from the single screen theatres and ` 3 crore from the multiplex theatres. The multiplexes were given exemption for the first three years and the next two years they were charged 25 percent tax. This exemption ended from March 2012 and Rs 3 crore tax was deposited this year by them in the administration's coffers.
Nearly ` 6 crore tax was collected from cable operators, DTH owners and water sports, said Pawde.