|Incentive Type||Non-Transferable Non-Refundable Tax Credit|
|Below the Line Residents||20-30%|
|Below the Line Nonresidents||20-30%|
|Bonus||Out-Of-Zone Bonus- Filming outside the Los Angeles 30-mile zone (does not include Post) - This bonus includes expenditures and L.A. based residents working in the Out-Of-Zone area. 30 miles in radius from Beverly Boulevard and La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, and includes Agua Dulce, Castaic, including Lake Castaic, Leo Carillo State
Beach, Ontario International Airport, Piru, and Pomona, including the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds. The Metro Goldwyn Mayer, Inc. Conejo Ranch property is within the Los Angeles zone (Bonuses can not be combined)
|Bonus||Local Hire Labor- Out-Of-Zone- (Does not include Post) Applies to individuals who reside in California outside the Los Angeles zone, and who perform services outside the Los Angeles zone. (two forms of residency needed- ID and Utility Bill of 3 months prior to working on project)|
Feature films: $1 million minimum budget and 75 minute run time (credit allocation applies only to the first $100 million in qualified expenditures). The features category can include films and live productions made for TV and streaming platforms
New Television Series for any distribution outlet: $1 million minimum budget per episode (minimum 40 minutes per episode, scripted only);
TV pilots: $1 million minimum budget (minimum 40 minutes)
Miniseries: $1 million minimum budget per episode (minimum 40 minutes per episode with at least two episodes)
Film at least 75% of Principal Photography days wholly in California OR 75% of the Production... +Read More
|Loanout Registration Required||No|
|Annual Funding Caps||$222,500,000|
The application process includes:
Phase I: Eligible productions apply for tax credits.
Phase II: Applications with the highest-ranked jobs ratios submit required documentation.
Phase III: Credit Allocation Letters are issued for approved projects.
Phase IV: Projects with CALs( a received Credit Allocation Letter) enter Phase IV upon the start of principal photography, wrap, post-production, and the audit process.
Phase V: Once the audit process is completed, a “Tax Credit Certificate” is issued
Projects that rank in the top 200% will be notified to submit Phase II documents. Job Ration is determined based on a mathematical equation on qualifying wages, qualified non wage expenditures, the expected credit amount and using "bonus points" Contact the Film office for further details.
Productions must begin principal photography within 180 days of receipt of the CAL (Credit Allocation Letter). Approved projects with a qualified expenditure budget of $100M or more have 240 days to begin filming
Applications must be submitted online during specific allocation periods (Application Windows below).
Recurring & Relocating TV (No New TV currently accepted)
Relocating TV Series: Non-Transferable
(Not New)Recurring TV Series: Non-Transferable
March 15 – 17, 2021
Phase II: March 18 – 22, 2021
Approval Date: April 19, 2021
5PM on the last day
(Non-Indie Feature Films: Non-Transferable
Indie Feature Films: Transferable)
July 19 – 21, 2021
Phase II: July 22 – 26, 2021
Approval Date: August 23, 2021
5PM on the last day
January 1, 2020 and before January 1, 2023, Non-Independent tax credit recipients are limited to a cap of $5M with respect to offsetting state income tax liability and a $5M cap with respect to offsetting Sales and Use tax liability. This applies to projects in both Program 2.0 and Program 3.0 tax credit programs. The cap on credits against income tax liability are at the combined reporting group level; the cap on credits against Sales and Use tax liability can be claimed by affiliates. Carry over credit for can be applied for offsetting "net tax" to the next 6 years(2.0)/ 9 Years (3.0) after issuance.
VFX expenditures in-state must equal at least $10 million dollars OR 75% of total worldwide VFX costs in order to qualify for the Bonus. (Bonuses can not be combined)
The maximum tax credit allowed is 30%.
*Project Cap is a base of $20M with the possibility of 25M if uplifts are taken into account
Allocation of funding for Feature Films= $115,500,000
Allocation of funding for New TV Series, Recurring, Pilots, Mini-series= $207,000,000
FYI ;Background performers (extras), stand-ins and off-camera stunt
personnel do qualify.
The Qualified Expenditure Charts and Expenditure Tracking Tips are available at http://www.film.ca.gov/
Last updated: 07/01/2020
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