Wednesday, February 03, 2010

BC Government Proposes Increased Film Tax Credits

A proposed new tax credit for digital media, combined with changes to British Columbia film tax credits, recognizes the convergence of these sectors and supports the continued growth, development and competitiveness of BC’s video game and film sectors and the related employment they provide, BC Finance Minister Colin Hansen said today.

“This is a made-in-BC incentive package that recognizes convergence is taking place within the film, television and the increasingly important video game and animation sectors,” said Hansen.

“We are responding to industry needs and recognize that film, television, animation, and visual effects companies contribute over a billion dollars annually to the BC economy and generate thousands of jobs.”

Subject to approval by the legislature, the planned tax measures include:

New BC Interactive Digital Media tax credit for video game development of 17.5 per cent of qualifying BC labour costs.

Production Services Tax Credit on labour costs for foreign productions increased to 33 per cent from 25 per cent.

Digital Animation or Visual Effects tax credit bonus increased to 17.5 per cent from 15 per cent.

Qualified BC labour expenditures cap increased to 60 per cent from 48 per cent of production costs.

It is proposed that the film tax credit changes be effective for productions with principal photography that begin after Feb. 28, 2010. The BC Interactive Digital Media tax credit will be effective for qualifying video game development projects that begin after Aug. 31, 2010.

“Our changes will promote an increase in BC-based production for these dynamic and rapidly changing sectors,” said Tourism, Culture and the Arts Minister Kevin Krueger.

“They will serve to help keep BC at the forefront of the North American film and television industry, while providing a significant boost for video game production in our province....”