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Production Incentives Database

Incentive Type Non-Transferable, Partially Refundable Tax Credit
Spend 25-30%
Above the Line Residents 40-45% Restrictions apply, see Additional Information
Above the Line Nonresidents 25-30%Restrictions apply, see Additional Information
Below the Line Residents 40-45%
Below the Line Nonresidents 25-30%
Bonus Out of Zone Bonus - State-certified productions that have their production office and at least sixty(60%) percent of principal
photography based and occurring outside of the New Orleans Metropolitan Statistical Area (NOLAMSA) may be eligible for an increased 5% credit of base investment.
In NOLA-MSA Zone: Orleans Parish, Jefferson Parish, Plaquemines Parish, St. Bernard Parish, St. Charles Parish, St. James Parish, and St. Tammany Parish.
Out-of-Zone: All other parishes including St. John the Baptist Parish.
Bonus VFX Bonus- If at least 50% of the VFX budget is expended for services performed in Louisiana by an approved Qualified Entertainment Company (QEC), or a minimum of $1 million in qualified VFX expenditures are made in Louisiana, an additional 5% credit may be allowed on the qualified VFX spend only.
Project Criteria $300,000 minimum instate spend.

To get the full 40% on Louisiana resident payroll (residency form is required). Payments to artist's loan-out companies are ineligible for this credit.

Career Based Learning and Training Requirement For applications received on or after July 1, 2017, the state-certified production shall participate in a career-based learning and training program approved by LED.

Loanout Registration Required No
Loanout Withholding Yes, 6%
Annual Funding Caps $150,000,000
Project Caps 20000000
Minimum Spend $300,000
Sunset Date 07/01/2025
Audit Requirements
For applications for initial certification or requests for final certification received on or after January 1, 2016, Louisiana Entertainment shall directly engage and assign a CPA to prepare a production expenditure verification report on an applicant’s cost report on production expenditure. The applicant will be assessed Louisiana Entertainment’s actual cost for the production expenditure verification report fee and shall make all records related to the tax credit application available to Louisiana Entertainment and the CPA.

Eligible expenditures are creditable for 12 months prior to the date of application and 24 months after Initial Certification.

Getting Started
Submit an on-line application and include:

Detailed preliminary budget (including all hires)
Detailed preliminary Louisiana budget
Detailed distribution plan
Script or Synopsis
Statement that the project meets the definition of a state-certified production
A notarized statement agreeing to pay all vendors
Disclosure of any anticipated related-party transactions

For applications for initial certification the fee for filing an application shall be equal to 0.5% of the amount of the incentives or exempted taxes, with a minimum of $500 and a maximum of

At the time of the application, the applicant shall submit a deposit of the production expenditure verification report fee; An advance deposit of $7500 for productions with budgets under $25M with a possible maximum fee is $15,000. An advance deposit of $15,0000 for productions over $25M with a possible maximum fee of $25,000.
Screen Credit Required
Company Registration
Sales Use Tax Relief
Hotel Occupancy Tax Relief
Local Vendors Qualify
Outside Vendors Qualify
Claiming Incentive
Once the audit is complete, a final certification letter (credits) or denial will be issued by the department within 120 days of receipt of a complete package.
Along with the audit a Project must also submit:

Full bible run(s)
Full payroll data
Louisiana Entertainment may require additional support and/or verification for certain expenditures.

After all supporting documentation is received and reviewed, Louisiana Entertainment and LED will issue a "Final Certification" letter approving the qualifying expenditures and certifying the tax credits.

Additional Information
To get the full 40% on Louisiana resident payroll (residency form is required). Payments to artist's loan-out companies are ineligible for this credit.

Project Cap: State-certified productions for Feature(one off project) content may be granted up to $20 million in credits project. State-certified productions for scripted episodic content may be granted up to $25 million in credits per season/project. However, Any Project will not receive a credit that exceeds 40% of their overall in-state investment

Compensation Cap: The first $3 million of payroll payments made directly to an individual will qualify for the tax credit, includes Loan outs.

Additional Caps: Expenditures for Above-the-Line salaries are capped at 40% of total production expenditures in the state for the production. Above the line salaries that are related party transactions cannot exceed 12% of the in state spend.

Cap Allocation: $7.5 million shall be reserved for Qualified Entertainment
$7.5 million shall be reserved for Louisiana screenplay productions.
$15 million shall be reserved for independent film productions.
$120 million is unreserved and may be applied to any size production

While the issuance cap is $150M, the back end claim cap is actually $180M.

"Partially Refundable" The state of Louisiana can buy back motion picture investor tax credits for 90% (really 88% because of LED fee- For projects with applications submitted to LED on or after July 1, 2017, a fee of 2% of the transfer value shall be applicable.)

A 'slate' means up to three motion picture productions with a combined total of qualified expenditures that exceed $300,000 for activities occurring over a maximum of 24 months within the state.

Last updated: 09/28/2017

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