Production Incentives Database


Incentive TypeTransferable, Partially Refundable Tax Credit
Above the Line Residents25%
Above the Line Nonresidents25%
Below the Line Residents25%
Below the Line Nonresidents25%
Project Criteria25% payroll credit: $50,000 minimum instate spend during a consecutive 12-month

25% production credit and a sales tax exemption: spend more than 50% of the total budget or film 50% or more of the principal photography days in Massachusetts.
Loanout Registration RequiredYes
Loanout WithholdingYes, 5.05%
Annual Funding CapsNone
Project CapsNone
Minimum Spend$50,000
Sunset Date12/31/2022

Massachusetts Film Office
10 Park Plaza, Suite 4510, Boston, MA 02116

Lisa Strout, Executive Director
Phone: 617 973 8400

Also Applies To:
Game Shows
Music Videos
Reality TV
Audit Requirements
For projects over $250,000 an independent audit from a Massachusetts CPA is required or the Agreed Upon Procedures Form can be completed by the production's CPA.
Getting Started
Massachusetts offers three tax incentives:
1) Payroll expense credit
2) Production expense tax credit
3) Sales tax exemption

Apply to the Department of Revenue for a Sales Tax Exemption prior to making purchases in Massachusetts.

Fill out the Film Production Registration Form; if a local production office has not been established this part can be left as a "to be decided".

Screen Credit Required
Company Registration
Sales Use Tax Relief
Hotel Occupancy Tax Relief
Local Vendors Qualify
Outside Vendors Qualify
Claiming Incentive
Upon project completion in Massachusetts fill out Massachusetts Film Office Production Completion Form; file for Tax Credits with the Department of Revenue; include required documentation.
Additional Information
Compensation Cap: Compensation to persons earning $1 million or more is not eligible for the payroll expense credit, however the earnings can be submitted for the production expense tax credit.

Massachusetts tax credits can be cashed out with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at 90% of face value after satisfying tax liabilities, or can be transferred at market rate.

Credit has a carry forward of 5 years

A Loan-Out Affidavit/Allocation Form must be completed for each artist loan-out company.

Multiple episodes of a television series or multiple commercials for the same client may be aggregated to qualify for the tax credit.

The 12-month qualifying period must be the same for sales tax exemption and tax credits; the qualifying period can cross taxable years.

Last updated: 10/26/2016
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