00 SENATE BILL NO. 230
01 "An Act establishing the division of film in the Department of Commerce, Community,
02 and Economic Development; and creating a transferable tax credit applicable to certain
03 film production expenditures incurred in the state."
04 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:
05 * Section 1. AS 43.98 is amended by adding a new section to read:
06 Sec. 43.98.030. Film production tax credit. (a) In cooperation with the
07 Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development, the department
08 shall provide a transferable film production tax credit to a producer, as defined in
09 AS 44.33.239, for qualified production expenditures under AS 44.33.231 - 44.33.239.
10 (b) A tax credit provided under (a) of this section may be sold, assigned,
11 exchanged, conveyed, or otherwise transferred.
12 (c) A taxpayer acquiring a transferable credit may use the credit to offset taxes
13 imposed under this title, including income taxes due under AS 43.20 (Alaska Net
14 Income Tax Act) or oil and gas production taxes due under AS 43.55.
01 (d) The department shall honor a transferable credit provided under (a) of this
02 section for the full face value of the credit.
03 (e) The department shall adopt regulations necessary for the administration of
04 this section.
05 * Sec. 2. AS 44.33 is amended by adding new sections to read:
06 Article 2A. Film.
07 Sec. 44.33.231. Duties. (a) The Department of Commerce, Community, and
08 Economic Development shall
09 (1) cooperate with organizations in the private sector for the expansion
10 and development of film production industries in the state;
11 (2) promote Alaska as an appropriate location for film production;
12 (3) provide production assistance through connecting film directors,
13 makers, and producers with Alaska contractors;
14 (4) provide location scouting assistance;
15 (5) assist with permit applications and agreements pertaining to
16 filming on local, state, and federal land;
17 (6) certify an Alaska film production internship training program; and
18 (7) in cooperation with the Department of Revenue, administer the
19 Alaska film production incentive program.
20 (b) The department shall make available to the legislature, within 30 days after
21 the start of each regular session, a report of the activities conducted by the department
22 under AS 43.33.231 - 43.33.239. The report must include
23 (1) the number of applications received under AS 44.33.234;
24 (2) the number of applications approved by the department; and
25 (3) the number of, and amount of, tax credits disbursed under
26 AS 44.33.232.
27 Sec. 44.33.232. Alaska film production incentive program. Subject to
28 appropriations for the purpose, the Department of Commerce, Community, and
29 Economic Development shall administer in cooperation with the Department of
30 Revenue the Alaska film production incentive program to provide a tax credit under
31 AS 43.98.030 for certain film production expenditures incurred in the state.
01 Sec. 44.33.233. Eligibility. (a) A film production is eligible for a tax credit
02 under AS 43.98.030, if the
03 (1) producer has $50,000 or more in qualified expenditures under
04 AS 44.33.236;
05 (2) producer employs interns from the Alaska film production
06 internship training program certified by the department; and
07 (3) production is approved by the department.
08 (b) The following productions are not eligible, regardless of the production
10 (1) news, weather, or current events programming;
11 (2) a financial, talk, or game show;
12 (3) a production produced primarily for industrial, corporate, or
13 institutional purposes, and for internal use;
14 (4) a sports event or sports program;
15 (5) a gala presentation or awards show;
16 (6) an infomercial or any production that solicits funds;
17 (7) a political advertisement; or
18 (8) a production that is determined by the department to be obscene,
19 pornographic, or detrimental to the people of the state.
20 Sec. 44.33.234. Qualification for film production tax credit. (a) A film
21 producer may apply for the film production tax credit under AS 43.98.030 by
22 submitting an application to the department on a form provided by the department.
23 The application must include
24 (1) a script or synopsis of the production;
25 (2) the names of the producer, director, and proposed cast;
26 (3) estimated start, completion, and filming dates;
27 (4) a distribution plan for the finished production; and
28 (5) other information the department may require to determine the
29 producer's eligibility for a credit and the estimated amount of the credit.
30 (b) If the department approves an application submitted under (a) of this
31 section, the department shall issue a preliminary certificate to the producer. The
01 certificate must include a determination by the department of the estimated film
02 production tax credit for which the production qualifies.
03 Sec. 44.33.235. Award of film production tax credit. (a) The department
04 shall determine the amount of the tax credit under AS 43.98.030 available to a
05 producer who has obtained a preliminary certificate under AS 43.33.234(b), based on
06 the qualified expenditures of the production under AS 44.33.236.
07 (b) The base amount of a tax credit awarded under this section is equal to 25
08 percent of the qualified expenditures of the production.
09 (c) In determining the amount of the tax credit, the percentage provided by (b)
10 of this section shall be increased by the department based on the following criteria:
11 (1) an additional 10 percent of qualified expenditures that are wages
12 paid to Alaska residents;
13 (2) an additional one percent of qualified expenditures made in a rural
14 area; and
15 (3) an additional one percent of qualified expenditures made in the
16 state between October 1 and March 30.
17 (d) After completion of the production, the producer shall provide the
18 department with a production cost report audited by an independent certified public
20 (e) The department, in cooperation with the Department of Revenue, shall
21 issue a tax credit under AS 43.98.030 based on the information provided under (d) of
22 this section.
23 Sec. 44.33.236. Determination of qualified expenditures. (a) Expenditures
24 made by a production company in connection with a film production approved by the
25 department that shall be considered qualified expenditures include preproduction,
26 production, and postproduction expenditures directly incurred in this state that are
27 directly used in the production, including
28 (1) costs of set construction and operation;
29 (2) costs of wardrobes, make-up, accessories, and related services;
30 (3) costs associated with photography and sound synchronization;
31 (4) costs of lighting and related services and materials;
01 (5) costs of editing and related services;
02 (6) rental of facilities and equipment;
03 (7) leasing of vehicles;
04 (8) costs of food and lodging;
05 (9) costs of digital or tape editing, film processing, transfer of film to
06 tape or digital format, sound mixing, and special and visual effects;
07 (10) the total aggregate payroll and the use of an Alaska payroll
09 (11) costs of music, if performed, composed, or recorded by an Alaska
10 musician, or released or published by an Alaska-domiciled company;
11 (12) airfare, if purchased through an Alaska-based travel agency or
12 travel company;
13 (13) insurance costs or bonding, if purchased through an Alaska-based
14 insurance agency; or
15 (14) other similar production expenditures as determined by the
17 (b) Production costs that may not be considered include
18 (1) the cost of an audit, report, or examination prepared for eligibility
19 for the film production tax credit;
20 (2) postproduction expenditures for marketing and distribution;
21 (3) indirect costs;
22 (4) amounts that are later reimbursed;
23 (5) amounts that are paid to a person or entity as a result of
24 participation in profits from the exploitation of the production;
25 (6) costs related to the transfer or use of a film production tax credit
26 under AS 43.98.030.
27 Sec. 44.33.237. Alaska film production internship training program. The
28 department may establish an Alaska film production internship training program on a
29 cooperative basis with the University of Alaska.
30 Sec. 44.33.238. Regulations. The department may adopt procedures and
31 regulations to carry out its functions under AS 44.33.231 - 44.33.239.
01 Sec. 44.33.239. Definitions. In AS 43.33.231 - 43.33.239,
02 (1) "department" means the Department of Commerce, Community,
03 and Economic Development;
04 (2) "film" includes television, commercials, and videos;
05 (3) "producer" means a person who arranges financing for or
06 supervises the production of a film, video, commercial, or television production;
07 (4) "rural area" means a community with a population of 5,500 or less
08 that is not connected by road or rail to Anchorage or Fairbanks.