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Delta Corp shares tank 25%, Nazara Tech down 4% after GST hit on online gaming

Delta Corp shares tank 25%, Nazara Tech down 4% after GST hit on online gaming
Shares of Delta Corp fell as much as 25 % on Wednesday after the imposition of 28 % GST on online gaming. Nazara Technologies stock was down 4%.

Delta Corp, a BSE 500 company, was trading at ₹ 188, down 23.5 % in morning trade.

With reference to the GST Council's decision to levy a 28 % goods and services tax (GST) on online gaming, Nazara Technologies said that this tax, once implemented, will apply only to the skill-based real money gaming segment of our business. The contribution of this segment to its overall consolidated revenues for the financial year FY23 was 5.2 %.

"To the extent required, the Company will proactively take steps to mitigate any potential impact to this segment of our business, and we anticipate minimal impact to our overall revenues. The company remains committed to its growth agenda and will continue to pursue organic and inorganic opportunities across various segments in which it operates," the company said in a regulatory filing.

Santosh Dalvi, Partner and Deputy Head of Indirect Tax, KPMG in India said the GST Council in its 50th meeting has taken a radical decision to levy GST at 28 % on all online gaming, horse racing and casinos on the full-face value irrespective of whether it involves skill or chance. This decision is likely to affect the online gaming industry including foreign based enterprises. Such companies may have to reconsider their strategy and modus operandi with respect to GST exposure going forward including for the past period as this amendment is purported to be clarificatory, Dalvi said.

The E-Gaming Federation said this is an extremely unfortunate decision as charging a 28 % tax on full face value will lead to a nearly 1000 % increase in taxation and prove catastrophic for the industry.

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