|Incentive Type||Transferable Non-Refundable Tax Credit|
|Above the Line Residents||25%|
|Above the Line Nonresidents||15%|
|Below the Line Residents||25%|
|Below the Line Nonresidents||15%|
|Bonus||5% bonus for expenditures incurred in an "Underserved area" . "Underserved area" means a county in this state in which 14% or more people of all ages are in 19 poverty as determined by the U.S. bureau of the census estimates for the most current year available|
|Bonus||an additional 10% of all in-studio facility and equipment rental expenditures incurred in the state for a production that rents a studio for 20 days or more|
Minimum instate spend for feature film and TV is $350,000 and at least 50% of principal photography must take place in Montana.
For the Post Production credit at least 50% of all expenditures must incur in MT and at least 50% of all Post Production Activities must incur in MT.
Possible low budget Minimum requirement of 50K is available. $50K minimum spend for Commercials and Music Videos
|Loanout Registration Required||Yes|
|Loanout Withholding||Yes, 6.9%|
|Annual Funding Caps||$12,000,000|
$500 for projects spending less than $350,000
$1000 for projects spending $350,000 or more in MT
$1000 for any post production company utilizing the post credit.
The department of commerce shall notify the applicant within 30 days of receipt of the application as to whether the production qualifies as a state-certified production.
5 Year Carry Forward
Recapture is possible
Transfer value must be at least 85% of the credits' value
a 2% transfer fee(of the credit amount) is due at the time of the transfer
an additional 5% of the base investment expenditures in the state if the state-certified production includes a Montana screen credit furnished by the state
Project Cap- Max credit earned up to 35% of the qualified MT Spend
Compensation Caps; excluding an actor, director, producer, or writer, the portion of any compensation that exceeds $500,000 for a single production is not included when calculating the base investment and the most each employee can earn back in credit is $125,000
Resident Caps- 25% of the compensation paid per production or season of a television series to each crew member or production staff member who is a resident, not to exceed a $150,000 credit per person;
Non Resident Caps- 15% of the compensation paid per production or season of a television series to each crew member or production staff member who is not a resident but for whom Montana income taxes have been withheld, not to exceed a $150,000 credit per person;
ATL Caps- 20% of the first $7.5 million of compensation paid per production or season of a television series to each actor, director, producer, or writer for whom Montana income taxes have been withheld;
Loan outs must register with the state and get a withholding Certificate
Additional Bonus 10%- an additional 10% of payments made to a Montana college or university for stage rentals, equipment rentals, or location fees for filming on campus
Additional Bonus 5% on any student enrolled in a Montana college or university who works on the production for college credit. The credit may not exceed $50,000
Last updated: 06/01/2021
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