Category Archives: Tax Incentives

California Film Office Updates Incentive Regs

The California Film Commission has unveiled the full set of newly approved regulations for its expanded Film and TV Tax Credit Program. New procedures for applications, eligibility and audits are now detailed on the agency’s website, along with the CFC’s … Continue reading

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CA Rolls Out First “New Program” Tax Credit Lottery in May

On April 1, the California Film Commission will accept applications for its last-ever tax credit lottery under what is now being referred to the “old program.” The office made an announcement today that a large number of television series productions … Continue reading

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CA State Assembly Unanimously Votes to Supersize Production Incentives

The California State Assembly has unanimously passed a bill that would greatly expand production incentives in the state, extending tax credits for the first time to big-budget studio films and one-hour shows made for network, premium cable and the web. … Continue reading

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Garcetti Appoints New L.A. Film Czar, Requests Tax Credit Extension

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has requested an expansion of entertainment tax credits from the state and appointed a new chief advisor on film and TV production. Entertainment lawyer Ken Ziffren, who takes up the advisor position following the death … Continue reading

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Producers Take Advantage of IRS Forgiveness Program

Good news for production companies concerned about prior misclassification of workers as independent contractors: the Internal Revenue Service has beefed up its Voluntary Classification Settlement Program to be even more beneficial to employers. The program was launched in 2011 to … Continue reading

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Consortium Pushes for Easing of L.A. Film Permitting Rules

A consortium of pro-entertainment business groups in Los Angeles have banded together to offer recommendations to cities across Southern California, which would make it easier to film location days in the area. A revised Model Film Ordinance and Best Practices … Continue reading

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Record 322 Applicants for CA Tax Credit; Nearly Doubles Last Year’s Number

A record 322 applicants submitted projects for the California Film & Television Tax Credit Program last Friday, hoping to be chosen at random for the 20-25% nonrefundable credit for qualifying features and TV series. Because the $100 million annual allotment … Continue reading

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