Film Industry to Iowa: Make Our Corrupt Tax Credit Bigger

February 4, 2010

In Iowa, a day after the introduction of a bill (SF 2118) that would abolish the state’s corrupt film credit program, the legislature’s House Economic Growth Committee heard testimony from the film industry, which has a different solution: make the credit bigger.

Elizabeth Carvlin at State Tax Today (subscription) is reporting that film industry leaders suggested capping the credit at $75 million per year instead of the current $50 million, which film production companies went through all too quickly on purchases such as a Mercedes and a Land Rover that film producers kept for themselves.

Roth CPA’s Joe Kristan has been on top of this story, and for an overview of how rapidly these unjustifiable tax giveaways have spread from state to state, see our recent Tax Foundation Special Report by Will Luther.


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