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Thursday 10 January 2013

Patricia Covarrubia

Chile: Charging VAT to mass entertainment

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The Chilean Culture Committee of the Chamber of Deputies has agreed to ask the government to sponsor a bill to end the tax differences between foreign and domestic mass entertainment.

The proposition is based on the fact that this reality is based on 1974 law which sought to open the international market. According to Deputy Alfonso De Urresti “the law is simply outdated today.” Actors also addressed the Commission of Culture requesting "equal treatment" and "a stronger institutional framework that aims to protect and promote national artistic creation."

Parliamentarians do agree that national artists and creators are at a disadvantage in this area. Finally the news from the Chamber of Deputies (here) reports that the Culture Committee is to establish a “technical committee to discuss this topic, and make a commitment to hold a seminar in March, which is attended by all concerned parties.”

Uh? Are we seen an infringement of an economic right in disguise?

Patricia Covarrubia

Patricia Covarrubia