Parliament to vote on new taxes on various entertainment activities

Gamal Essam El-Din , Wednesday 24 May 2023

The House of Representatives' Budget Committee approved Wednesday amendments to the Entertainment Tax Law, stipulating new taxes on a host of activities including going to see foreign movies at cinemas, holding parties in social clubs, as well as animals and safari shows.

Music concert
A screen shot of a video of Amr Diab music concert in the AUC in Cairo, Egypt. Photo courtesy of Amr Diab Twitter.


The proposed amendments to the entertainment tax law could be up for discussion and final vote when parliament meets on Sunday 28 May.

The amendments stipulate a new five percent tax on tickets for foreign movies in cinemas, opera and ballet shows as well as circus events.

They also stipulate a new three percent tax on meals and beverages sold at the above mentioned events.

The amendments also stipulate a new 10 percent tax on public parties in sporting and social clubs.

They also include a new five percent tax on music and dance parties at night clubs, hotels, casinos, floating hotels as well as symphonies or Arabic Music concerts at the Opera House.

There will also be a new 15 percent tax on foreign circus shows, skiing and flying balloon shows as well as a new 20 percent tax on fish, animal, diving and safari shows.

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