According to the government, these tunes basically are for entertaining the caller hence should be taxed.
"The caller tunes are basically music to entertain a listener and mobile companies charge the customers for the same. So, we are planning to levy about 25 per cent entertainment tax to the company," Additional Chief Secretary for Revenue Department, Ramesh Kumar said.
A proposal to this effect has been sent to the Finance Department for approval. Then it would be presented before the cabinet for final nod, Ramesh Kumar said.
The mobile companies charge Rs 30 per month rental on caller tunes and Rs 15 to install a new one.
Besides caller tunes, the Maharashtra government is also mulling to impose the same entertainment tax on cyber cafes and video parlours to fill government coffers.