Online fantasy sports’ tax payout increased 2.6 times in FY20: report

PTI New Delhi | Updated on September 10, 2020 Published on September 10, 2020

This platform had attracted FDI of about ₹1,500 crore and has been growing exponentially.

Tax payments from online fantasy sports platforms in the country increased 2.6 times in FY20 to about ₹445 crore, according to a whitepaper released by non-profit IndiaTech on Thursday.

It also said only 20 per cent of subscribers pay to play the various games on these platforms.

Moreover, 98 per cent of the paid users have either won or lost less than ₹10,000 net on a platform in the past three-four years.

“Industry estimates indicate that Online Fantasy Sports platforms and operators cumulatively paid GST to the tune of approximate ₹166 crore in the financial year (FY) 2019 which increased to ₹445 crore approximately by FY 2020,” the IndiaTech whitepaper said.

Additionally, these platforms deduct applicable TDS (tax deducted at source) on winnings of the users.

“As per industry estimates, the TDS on winnings in FY 2019 was to the tune of ₹93 crore, which increased to ₹250 crore by FY 2020,” the paper said.

According to data collated by IndiaTech, 80 per cent of the participants play online fantasy sports for free, while the remaining 20 per cent opt for pay-to-play format.

Around 98 per cent of the paid players have either won or lost less than ₹10,000 net on an online fantasy platform in the past three-four years, according to the whitepaper.

The average ticket size of participation in the pay-to-play format is usually as low as ₹35.

According to IndiaTech, the fantasy sports industry has attracted FDI of about ₹1,500 crore and has been growing exponentially.

“In the last few years, fantasy sports has certainly become a potential sector that has performed exceptionally well and boosted the consumption of sports in India.

“There are multiple perception issues the industry has to overcome to reach its full potential as a non-addictive and skill-based platform,” IndiaTech CEO Rameesh Kailasam said.

Online fantasy sports companies increased their headcount to 3,400 employees in FY 2020, from 2,800 in the previous fiscal, the whitepaper said.

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Published on September 10, 2020
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