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Arizona and Idaho Look Again to Film Tax Credits
Arizona's film tax credits recently expired in 2010, but Arizona legislators have returned to waste millions of taxpayer funds to subsidize Hollywood yet again. On March 8th SB 1159 was passed in the Arizona Senate which will provide 20% film tax credits to producers whose expenses surpass $250,000---as long as half of the production's full time employees are state residents. If passed, SB 1159 won't expire until January 1, 2041.
Similarly, on March 7th, the Idaho House Revenue and Taxation Committee passed HB 194 which aims to extend their soon-to-expire film tax credit rebates until July 1, 2016.
Currently, Idaho provides a roughly 20% rebate to filmmakers who spend more than $200,000 in the state. The AP reports that
Film producer Tom Williamson says Idaho's film tax incentive, while modest compared to nearby states such as Utah, helped convince three filmmakers to shoot here last year.
Before SB 1159 and HB 194 are enacted, Arizona and Idaho legislators need to critically examine the blatant wastefulness of film tax credits.
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