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Samosas and other snacks included in India's new luxury tax

By Daniel Uria
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NEW DELHI, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- India's Nitish Kumar imposed a 13.5 percent tax on "luxury items" during a cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

The tax, approved by the Chief Minister of Bihar, will apply to items such as mosquito repellent, sweets priced more than $7.48 and salty snacks, including samosas, fried pastries filled with meat or cheese.

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A similar tax rate was also applied to auto parts, as well as cosmetics, perfume/cologne and hair oil.

The luxury tax was one of 23 proposals approved during the cabinet meeting.

Another decision was made to waive the entertainment tax for the film "Calk N Duster" as the cabinet stated it "gives a strong social message."

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