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Play Rummy Online – Cash and Free Sites, How to Play, and Legality

Indian Rummy was derived from games like 500 Rum or Gin Rummy that originated in the United States. It is a card melding game in which 13 cards are melded into Sets and Sequences of 3 to 4 cards to make a winning hand. These days, you can play rummy online on various paid and free rummy sites in India.

For two players, the game is played with a deck of 52 cards plus a joker, while for 6 players, it’s played with two decks of 52 cards each plus two joker cards.

In this article, we will cover various aspects of Indian Rummy.

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1. Play Rummy Online
1.a. Play Rummy Online – Free
1.b. Play Rummy Online – Real Money
1.c. Online Rummy Sites and Mobile Apps
2. How to Play Rummy?
2.a Rummy Glossary/Terms
2.b. Rummy Rules
3. Is Rummy Legal in India?
3.a. A Note on Rummy Ban in Kerala
3.b. How to Play Rummy in Telangana
4.  Conclusion

1. Play Rummy Online

Rummy enthusiasts can now play rummy online from anywhere, anytime using computers or smartphones.

Online rummy has gained prominence in India due to various contributing factors like widespread adoption of smartphones, cheap data, and development of a number of online games across the country and the world.

Rummy online can be accessed through web browsers, desktop apps, and mobile apps. There are various online rummy games like Points Rummy, Deals Rummy, Raise Rummy, Pool games, 24×7 Rummy and Tournaments available for users.

The following two sections explore the options to play online rummy for free or cash.

1.a. Play Rummy Online – Free

To play rummy online, free websites are available from both Indian and offshore game providers.

Play n Go websites allow you to play rummy online for free without registration. 

These online rummy free sites help you hone your game skills for offline rummy or online rummy cash games.

You can also explore various free online rummy tournaments available online that allow you to play and win cash without spending any money.

To play free rummy online, you can explore websites and apps like Mobile Premier League Adda52Rummy, KhelPlayRummy, and Classic Rummy.

1.b. Play Rummy Online – Real Money

To play rummy online, real money can be used with Indian and offshore game operators offering services to players in India.

When you play rummy and win cash on such websites, they offer secure and safe withdrawal options.

Online rummy for money in India can be played on various websites with lucrative deposit bonuses and tournaments.

Play rummy online for money through operators like RummyCircle, Adda52 Rummy, and Ace 2 Three.

Various real cash rummy tournaments are conducted round the clock with 24×7 rummy games in a knock-out style, and they are played for real cash and prizes in INR. For this, you can just deposit cash to your Rummy account on a website offering such tournaments.

Playing rummy for cash is legal in India. In a few sections below, you will read more about the legality of rummy in various states.

You can check the rummy websites listed below to find cash rummy games that offer interesting opportunities to play online rummy for money.

1.c. Online Rummy Sites and Apps

Good online rummy sites are defined by ease-of-use, useful bonuses, safe deposits & withdrawals and good customer service.

You should explore all websites to choose the best rummy sites to play with. Good quality games and high player satisfaction make the best rummy sites in India.

With the number of smartphone users expected to rise to 859 million by 2022, gaming companies are also likely to upgrade their offering. The revenue in the mobile gaming segment in India is about US$1,015m in 2019. The number of mobile game users is expected to be around 176.6m in 2023.

These stats show the potential for iGames like rummy to grow exponentially in the near future.

Here are some of the rummy websites in India that allow you to play rummy for cash:

a. Rummycircle.com

Rummy Circle is one of the most popular rummy sites in India. Its website states that they have over 10 million users. 

Games: RummyCircle hosts Points rummy, Deals rummy, Raise Rummy, 24×7 rummy games, Tournaments and Free tutorials.. 

Promotions: They offer a sign up bonus of Rs. 2000 and various other bonuses.

Devices: They have a web-based platform. Rummy Circle APK app download allows convenience of use. RummyCircle also has an iOS app.

Deposits and Withdrawals: Online Rummy Circle has payment partners like BillDesk, PayTm, MobiKwik, CCAvenue, and Tech Process Solutions.

b. Ace2Three.com

Ace3Three caters to over 12 million players, as per their website.

Games: Ace2Three offers Points rummy, Pool games, Multi table tournaments (Its tournaments have attracted up tp 42500 players in the past.)

Promotions: It offers a sign up bonus of Rs. 2145 + 255 Cash*

Devices: They have a web-based platform and iOS and APK apps for Android, iPhones and tablets.

Deposits and Withdrawals: It has payment options like Visa, Mastercard, BillDesk, Tech Process Solutions, Rupay, Citrus, and DirecPay.

c. Adda52rummy.com

Adda52 Rummy is a simple platform. They have announced various pool games on their website.

Games: Pool games and tournaments

Promotions: Large prize pool games, Daily & weekly leaderboard prizes, and Happy hour bonuses

Devices: Web-based gaming platform and Android and iOS apps

Deposits and Withdrawals: Credit cards, debit cards, Net Banking, mobile banking, Pay by Cash, and Scratch Cards 

d. KhelPlay Rummy

KhelPlay Rummy is also one of the most popular online rummy sites in India. It offers various games and bonuses and is accessible through various kinds of devices.

Games: Pool games, Points Games, Deals Rummy, and Tournaments

Promotions: Khel Play Rummy offers a welcome bonus of up to Rs. 1500, referral bonus, and tournament bonuses

Devices: Web-based gaming platform, desktop app, and KhelPlay rummy apps for Android, Windows and iOS 

Deposits and Withdrawals: Credit cards, debit cards, Net Banking, mobile banking, Pay by Cash, and Scratch Cards 

e. Junglee Rummy

Junglee Rummy’s website says that they have over 5 million users.

Games: Junglee Rummy online cash games include Pool games, Points Games, Deals games, 10-card rummy, 13-card rummy, 21-card rummy, Live practice games, and Tournaments.

Promotions: Welcome bonus of Rs 11,000 and referral bonuses.

Devices: Web-based gaming platform and Rummy game download on iOS and Android devices.

Deposits and Withdrawals: Visa, MaterCard, Maestro, PayTm, Freecharde, BHIM, MobiKwik, Tech Process Payment Services, Citrus and PayU

2. How to play rummy?

Learning how to play rummy is very straightforward. 

Indian Rummy is played with two decks of cards and two joker cards. Let’s start learning the game with a few terms used in the game.

2.a. Rummy Glossary/Terms

To play rummy games, you need to know the meaning of a few terms:

Joker or Paper joker: This is a card whose value and suit can be assumed by the players to make a Life/Sequence or Set.

Life/Run/Sequence: Life or Run means having a straight sequence of least 3 cards from the same suit. A Pure life is a straight sequence from a suit, made without the use of a joker.

Set: A set includes 3 or four cards with the same value and different suits. You can use a joker to make a set of up to 4 cards only.

Show: A player can show their cards once they have have at least 2 Lives, one of which has to be a Pure Life. Besides the 2 lives, the show can look like below with four groups of cards:

Group 1 (1 Pure Life) | Group 2 (1 Life; with or without joker) | Group 3 (1 Set/Life) | Group 4 (1 Set/Life)

2.b. Rummy Rules

Objective of the game is that each player has to arrange their 13 cards in four groups of 3, 3, 3, and 4 cards. At least two of these groups have to be Lives, and at least one Life has to be Pure (without a joker).

When a player arranges their cards in the required groups, it’s called Melding. A Meld is a Set or Life/Run.

After 13 cards are dealt to each player, two stacks of cards are available for the players to draw from—one open stack and one closed stack.

When a player draws a card from the top of any stack, they have to discard a card from their hand. The discarded cards from the players make the open stack of cards mentioned above.

Each player draws and discards cards when their turn comes. They can also choose to drop a Round of game on their turn, before drawing their first card.

If the closed stack of cards is finished, then all the discarded and dropped cards are reshuffled to make a fresh closed stack.

A round of a ‘13 cards’ rummy game starts with the dealing of cards and ends with one player making a Show or the prize being Split.

Note: You can use Ace as a 1 or a face card in the game of rummy.

These rules apply to both rummy cash games and free rummy games.

3. Is rummy legal in india?

If you are wondering ‘Is rummy legal in India?’, then the answer to the question is, Yes!

As per a 1967 Supreme Court judgment on rummy for State of Andhra Pradesh v. K. Satyanarayana, playing rummy involves a preponderant element of skill, and it is not entirely a game of chance. 

Playing rummy for small stakes is legal in India, as per a ruling passed by the Delhi High Court in December 2017. The order also recorded that an offence under the Gaming Act can be made out if a club hosting the game is making a profit or gain from the game of rummy.

However, the order leaves open the possibility for clubs and online website operators for making profits or gains from the fee they charge to organize the games of rummy that come under illegal gambling.

Playing rummy for real money is however illegal in the states of Assam, Odisha and Telangana.

3.a. A Note on Rummy Ban in Kerala

As per an order passed on Kerala Rummy by a division bench of the Kerala High Court in October 2019, a case by case decision is needed to check violation of the Gaming Act for rummy played for stakes.

The bench noted that rummy is exempted from the ambit of gambling as per a 1976 notification under Section 14A of the Kerala Gaming Act, 1960. This is subject to a condition that side-betting is not allowed on rummy games.

The order was passed on a few petitions filed by online rummy operators like RummyCircle.com, Ace2Three and Junglee Rummy to challenge the court’s January 2019 order holding rummy for stakes as an offence of gambling.

3.b. How to Play Rummy in Telangana

As per Telangana Gaming (Amendment) Bill, 2017, wagering or betting on games of skills like Rummy, including when such games are played online, is a punishable offence. 

This make rummy in Telangana illegal. Even Online rummy in Telangana falls under the ambit of the said amendment.

4. Conclusion

Indian Rummy, a popular game in the country, is offered by many online operators. With the ease of play offered through online games, many players are attracted to such platforms to play games for free or cash.

There are popular rummy game providers like RummyCircle, Ace2Three, KhelPlay Rummy and Junglee Rummy. They offer web and mobile-based platforms to play anywhere, anytime.

One can play game of rummy for cash as per a 1967 Supreme Court judgment. However, there are some restrictions and conditions attached to the stakes involved. Players from Telangana cannot legally play rummy online or offline, as per the state’s Gaming Act.

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Kerala HC says online rummy for stakes legality has to be reviewed on case to case basis

A division bench of the Kerala High Court comprising of Justices AM Shaffique and N Anil Kumar on 11th October delivered their order on a bunch of review petitions filed by online rummy website Ace2Three, RummyCircle and Junglee Rummy, challenging the court’s January 2019 order holding rummy for stakes to be an offence of gambling.

The court in its order on the review petitions at the outset admitted that a 1976 notification under Section 14A of the Kerala Gaming Act, 1960, that exempted rummy from the ambit of gambling, subject to the condition that side-betting is not permitted on such games, was not brought to its attention by the counsels arguing the earlier matter.

The existence of the notification and the court’s lapse in ignoring the said notification was first reported by Glaws in June 2016 and reiterated in February 2019, after which the counsels for the online rummy companies brought it up before the court.

The court in its order also alluded to the Supreme Court’s order in State of Andhra Pradesh v. K. Satyanarayana held that it cannot be said that rummy is a game of chance and there is no skill involved in it.

The court however, also noted the observation of the apex court in the order, that if there is evidence of gambling in some other way or that the owners of the house is making a profit or gain from the game of rummy or any other game played for stakes, the offence may be brought home.

KK Ravindranath, Additional Advocate General of the state of Kerala in his submissions noted that although playing the game of rummy is exempted from the Kerala Gaming Act by the 1976 notification, the issue of online gaming/rummy was not under consideration before the court in the original petition.

He further stated that only playing rummy is exempted under the notification and rummy, if played for stakes would amount to ‘side betting’ and offences under the Kerala Gaming Act would be attracted.

The High Court in its order, did not provide any clear answer to the applicability of the Kerala Gaming Act and 1976 notification on online rummy played for stakes. While disposing of the petitions, it noted that the applicability of the notification to online rummy and meaning of the term side betting has to be decided on a case to case basis depending on the manner in which the games are conducted and stakes involved.

The court in its final observations noted: “There is no dispute about the fact that in view of the notification, playing rummy is excluded from the provisions of the Act and in the impugned judgment the Division Bench has also held that the element of skill is predominant than the element of chance. But the question is whether if rummy is played for stakes, will it amount to violation of the provisions of the Gaming Act or not.

We are of the view that this aspect of the matter has to be decided on a case to case basis. What is the manner in which the games are conducted and how it is being conducted through online methods and what are the stakes involved in the matter are all issues which may arise for consideration. If it is just playing rummy without any side betting, the notification protects the parties involved in it. But, in a case where rummy is played for stakes, the issue might be different which has to be dealt with on a case to case basis. Therefore, the application of notification SRO No.1045/1976 will have to be adjudged depending on a case to case basis.

In the result, we do not find any ground to review the judgment. Review petitions are dismissed.”

The Kerala High Court with its order in the review petition has skirted the issue of whether online rummy for stakes can be legally conducted within the state and has consequently created more confusion rather than providing much needed clarity.

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HC reserves order in Kerala rummy for stakes matter

A division bench of the Kerala High Court comprising of Justices AM Shaffique and N. Anil Kumar concluded hearing all arguments of the state government and online rummy companies on 24th and 26th September, in a clutch of review petitions filed by online rummy websites, RummyCircle, Ace2Three and Junglee Rummy.

The three leading online rummy websites had, through a review petition, challenged a January 2019 order of a division bench of the High Court which ruled that playing rummy for stakes amounted to the offence of gambling under the Kerala Gaming Act, 1960.

It is understood that the online rummy companies argued primarily on the basis of a 1976 notification issued under Section 14A of the Kerala Gaming Act, 1960 that exempts the game of rummy from the ambit of gambling and allows it to be played, subject to the condition that there is no side-betting.

The existence of the notification was first uncovered by Glaws in 2016. However, the Kerala High Court in its January 2019 order, perhaps in error or due to incorrect submission by the counsels of the parties stated that no such notification under Section 14A of the Gaming Act was issued by the state government.

Apart from Supreme Court and High Court precedents ruling rummy to be a game of skill and allowing it to be played for stakes, the online rummy companies’ stand was primarily based on this seeming error of ignoring the specific notification of the state government that was brought to their notice by Glaws.

After several adjournments, the High Court heard these submissions by the online rummy companies on 24th September and heard the contentions of the state government on 26th September, post which it reserved the order.

A written order on the issue is now expected to be given by the court within the next few weeks.

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GST council refers demand for lottery, casino rate cut to GoM

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council in its meeting held in Goa on Friday did not accede to demands made by the casino and lottery industries for reducing the applicable tax rates or change the manner in which GST should be applicable.

According to details emerging after the GST Council meeting, the issue of setting a uniform rate on lottery tickets has been referred back to a eight member Group of Ministers (GoM) panel formed earlier this year, headed by Maharashtra Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, that is reviewing the GST rates applicable on the sale of lottery tickets.

The GoM formed earlier this year could not form a consensus on the applicability of a uniform tax rate for lotteries, due to opposition from the West Bengal and Kerala governments, has been tasked with trying to get all member states onboard and has been requested to meet at the earliest and submit its recommendations to the GST Council.

Further, according to Goan daily Herald, the casino industry also made a representation to the GST Council submitting that the 28% tax rate is high and demanded hat the central government bring down the GST rates from 28% to 12% on gross earnings.

According to the Goan daily, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and most other GST Council members reportedly rejected the demand  keeping in view the sentiments of the people of Goa.

According to the news report, the council thereafter decided to refer the matter to the Group of Ministers (GoM) for consideration.

Commenting on the issues faced by the casino industry, who claim that the wording of the valuation rules requiring GST to be paid on the face value of bets is not feasible, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant noted, “There was some issue on GST on gross revenue, which has now been handed over to the Group of Ministers for further discussion. It is for the GST council to decide.”

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Gujarat, Kerala skill gaming matters marred by adjournments

Crucial matters pertaining to the legality of the skill gaming industry: a review petition on whether rummy for stakes can be permitted pending before the Kerala High Court and the letters patent appeal on whether poker is a game of skill in the Gujarat High Court were adjourned without being heard in the past few weeks.

A fresh division bench of the court comprising of newly appointed Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice A.J. Shashtri was supposed to hear the appeal against a 2017 single judge bench order ruling poker to be a game of chance on 16th September.

The clutch of petitions filed by Indian Poker Association Secretary KN Suresh, Dominance Games Private Limited, Aman Chhabra and Hotel Ramada, Ahmedabad, however could not be heard on 16th September and are now scheduled to be heard on 4th October, 2019.

Meanwhile, the review petitions filed by filed by online rummy websites Ace2Three, RummyCircle and Junglee Rummy against a January 2019 order of the division bench of the Kerala High Court saw three successive adjournments without much progress.

The matter, last posted on 4th September before a division bench comprising of Justices AM Shaffique and N. Anil Kumar has now been posted for hearing on 24th September, 2019.

It remains to be seen whether the matters on poker and rummy, critical to the skill gaming industry will gain momentum in the next few weeks or see further adjournments.

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Withering lottery industry once again implores govt to relax GST rates

The current Goods and Services Tax (GST) structure of 28% tax on face value of lottery tickets sold through lottery distributors and 12% tax on face value of lotteries sold directly by state governments has crippled the lottery industry, according to leading lottery distributor conglomerate, Sugal and Damani Group.

Industry veterans believe that the GST Council’s decision has led to reduction of lottery terminals and sales by almost 70%, and in case the governments fails to reconsider its decision, it would result in loss of thousands of jobs and diminishing turnover, resulting in even lesser tax collections.

They point out that effective overall tax incidence of service tax and lottery tax was 6.71% on the face value in the pre-GST era whereas now it is nearly 28% on the face value including prize money that is a whopping 300% increase in the tax incidence.

According to Kamlesh Vijay Group CEO of Sugal & Damani, “To sort out the differences in the views among the state’s the GST Council had constituted an eight-member Group of Ministers earlier under the Chairmanship of Maharashtra Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar to look into various issues relating to GST on lottery and in the last meeting and the council decided to seek legal opinion from Attorney General on the issue.

One of the main impending issues is the differential tax treatment of lotteries between State government run and State government authorized lottery. Currently 12% GST is being charged on lotteries run by State Governments (a lottery not allowed to be sold in any State other than the organizing State) directly, while a 28% tax rate is being levied on the lottery tickets authorized by state governments (a lottery which is authorized to be sold in State(s) other than the organizing State also). This huge difference in the tax rate on the same commodity acts as a tariff barrier for smaller states like Goa, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh etc. when their tickets are sold in other bigger States like West Bengal or Kerala.

A counterproductive move was recently done by Kerala legislative assembly by passing a unanimous resolution urging the Central Government to withdraw the move to bring uniform GST rate on lottery. ”

Sugal & Damani and other lottery companies are consequently demanding that a single GST rate and structure be levied for state-run lotteries sold through distributors or directly through the state government machinery.

They suggest that the tax rate should either be 5% of the face value of the lottery ticket or 28% of the margin retained by the lottery distributors/state government, i.e. MRP of the lottery ticket minus prize payout.

Private lottery companies have consistently protested and demanded a relaxation in the taxation structure for the industry, without finding much favour with the GST Council, due to strident opposition from the Kerala government.

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Kerala HC rummy & Gujarat HC poker matters adjourned once again

Last week saw adjournments in key matters relating to the legality of rummy and poker by the Kerala and Gujarat High Courts respectively, leading to possibility of a further delay of at least a few more months on clarity regarding the legality of skill games played for stakes.

A division bench of the Kerala High Court while hearing a clutch of review petitions on Friday 19th July, filed by online rummy websites Ace2Three, RummyCircle and Junglee Rummy adjourned the matter by another two weeks. The matter is now scheduled to be heard on 6th August, 2019.

The adjournment was granted by a bench comprising of Justices AM Shaffique and N. Anil Kumar at the request of the state government, which sought more time for coming up with a response to the online rummy companies’ contentions.

In April this year, RummyCircle (followed by other rummy websites) had filed a review petition against a January 2019 order of a division bench of the High Court which held that playing the game of rummy for stakes or wagering on it is not just an innocent pastime but amounts to the offence of gaming under the Kerala Gaming Act, 1960.

Meanwhile a division bench of the Gujarat High Court also did not take up the appeal against a single judge’s 2017 order ruling poker to be a game of chance and falling within the ambit of gambling.

A division bench of the court comprising of Acting Chief Justice Anant S. Dave and Justice Biren Vaishnav was supposed to hear the appeal filed by Indian Poker Association Secretary KN Suresh, Dominance Games Private Limited, Aman Chhabra and Hotel Ramada, Ahmedabad on 18th June and then again on 19th July.

The court however could not take up the matter on both occasions and the hearing for the case has now been adjourned for about two months. As per the Gujarat High Court website, the matter will now be listed for hearing again in about two months from now, on 16th September, 2019.

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Online rummy companies file review petition in Kerala HC, matter to be listed on 19th July

At least three online rummy companies, including Play Games 24×7 Private Limited (RummyCircle), Head Digital Works Private Limited (Ace2Three) and Junglee Games India Private Limited (Junglee Rummy) have filed review petitions in the Kerala High Court seeking reconsideration of the January 2019 order of a division bench of the court which held that playing the game of rummy for stakes or wagering on it is not just an innocent pastime but amounts to the offence of gaming under the Kerala Gaming Act, 1960.

The review petitions filed by the online rummy companies came up before a division bench of the Kerala High Court comprising of Justices AM Shaffique and N. Anil Kumar yesterday. The court however, adjourned the petition for two weeks and has now listed the matter for hearing on 19th July, 2019.

As noted by Glaws in its analysis in an exclusive article on 28th February, 2019, the Kerala High Court seems to have made an apparent error in its judgment by overlooking a 1976 state government notification that clearly exempts six games including rummy from the ambit of the Kerala Gaming Act, subject only to the condition that side-betting is not permitted on such games.

The Kerala High Court probably guided by erroneous submissions by the counsels appearing in the case, in fact, stated in its judgment that no such notification exempting certain skill games under Section 14A of the Kerala Gaming Act existed.

According to the available court records, in the earlier hearings of the review petition filed by Play 24×7 Games, the court had asked the Additional Advocate General to get instructions from the state government on the matter.

It remains to be seen whether the Kerala High Court modifies or revises its January 2019 order based on the 1976 notification and other precedents regarding rummy being a game of skill and allowed for stakes being brought to its notice.

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GST Council seeks Attorney General’s opinion on dual tax rate for lotteries

The Goods and Services Tax Council (GST) in its 35th meeting held on 21st June, 2019 once again failed to arrive at a consensus on whether a standard rate of GST should be charged on state-run and state-sponsored lotteries and it was decided that the Attorney General of India should give his opinion on whether a dual tax structure for lotteries can be continued.

An official press release issued by the government about the GST council meeting states that the ‘Group of Ministers (GoM) on Lottery submitted report to the Council. After deliberations on the various issues on rate of lottery, the Council recommended that certain issues relating to taxation (rates and destination principle) would require legal opinion of Learned Attorney General.’

The timelines by which the Attorney General will submit his opinion and whether the issue will be decided in the next GST Council meeting remains to be seen.

Currently, 12% GST is being charged on lotteries sold by state governments directly, while a 28% tax rate is being levied on the face value of lottery tickets authorised by state governments but sold through private lottery distributors.

The Kerala legislative assembly and state finance minister TM Thomas Isaac have staunchly opposed any move to reduce the 28% tax currently applicable on lotteries sold by the private distributors on behalf of the state government, claiming that any move to reduce taxes on private companies would encourage ‘lottery mafia’ in Kerala.

Read more about taxes and laws on gambling in India.

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Kerala assembly passes resolution against uniform GST for lotteries, deadlock in GoM over lottery tax rate

The Kerala legislative assembly passed a unanimous resolution urging the Central Government to withdraw the move to bring uniform Goods and Services Tax (GST) rate on state-run lottery and other state lotteries.

As per news reports, the legislative assembly passed the resolution moved by state Finance Minister Thomas Isaac after a discussion over it on the floor of the House.

“The Centre’s move is to reduce the tax on lotteries run by intermediaries and bring it on par with the state-run lotteries. This will affect thousands of lottery agents and sellers in Kerala.

This move will affect the tax revenue of the state, as well as the Centre,” Isaac said.

Currently, 12% GST is being charged on lotteries sold by state governments directly, while a 28% tax rate is being levied on the face value of lottery tickets authorised by state governments but sold through private lottery distributors.

Private lottery companies have made several representations against this discriminatory and high rate of tax, and claimed that the taxation structure would cripple and destroy their business. 

In a related development, it has been reported that the eight member Group of Ministers (GoM) headed by Maharashtra Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar, that had been tasked by the GST Council to study the differential tax rates on lotteries, has so far, failed in its efforts to recommend a uniform tax rate for lotteries.

According to media reports, the panel failed to reach a consensus after representatives of West Bengal and Kerala opposed  the idea, citing loss to state governments.

The GST Council is slated to discuss the issue on 21st June, although a decision on the issue is unlikely, given the lack of consensus on the issue.

Read more about Kerala State Lotteries – Taxes, prices and prizes.