SSSB 230: "An Act establishing the film office in the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development; and creating a transferable tax credit applicable to certain film production expenditures incurred in the state."

00                 SPONSOR SUBSTITUTE FOR SENATE BILL NO. 230                                                              
01 "An Act establishing the film office in the Department of Commerce, Community, and                                      
02 Economic Development; and creating a transferable tax credit applicable to certain film                                 
03 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 film                               
07       office in the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development, the                                    
08       department shall provide a transferable film production tax credit to a producer, as                              
09       defined in AS 44.33.239, for qualified production expenditures under AS 44.33.231 -                               
10       44.33.239.                                                                                                        
11            (b)  A tax credit provided under (a) of this section may be sold, assigned,                                  
12       exchanged, conveyed, or otherwise transferred in whole or in part.                                                
13            (c)  A taxpayer acquiring a transferable credit may use the credit or a portion of                           
14       the credit to offset taxes imposed under AS 43.20 (Alaska Net Income Tax Act). Any                                
01       portion of the credit not used may be used at a later period or transferred under (b) of                          
02       this section.                                                                                                     
03            (d)  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 Office.                                                                      
07            Sec. 44.33.231. Duties. (a) There is created a film office in the Department of                            
08       Commerce, Community, and Economic Development. The film office 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 film office 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 film office                        
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 film office; 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 film office shall administer in cooperation with the                          
29       Department of Revenue the Alaska film production incentive program to provide a tax                               
30       credit under AS 43.98.030 for certain film production expenditures incurred in the                                
31       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 film office; and                                                     
07                 (3)  production is approved by the film office.                                                         
08            (b)  The following productions are not eligible, regardless of the production                                
09       costs:                                                                                                            
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 film office 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 film office on a form provided by the film office. The                           
23       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 film office may require to determine the                                     
29       producer's eligibility for a credit and the estimated amount of the credit.                                       
30            (b)  If the film office approves an application submitted under (a) of this                                  
31       section, the film office shall issue a preliminary certificate to the producer. The                               
01       certificate must include a determination by the film office 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 film office shall                             
04       determine the amount of the tax credit under AS 43.98.030 available to a producer                                 
05       who has obtained a preliminary certificate under AS 43.33.234(b), based on the                                    
06       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 film office 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 film                                 
18       office with a production cost report audited by an independent certified public                                   
19       accountant.                                                                                                       
20            (e)  The film office, 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            (f)  The film office may not seek recourse against a producer or a taxpayer who                              
24       has acquired a tax credit under AS 43.98.030(b) for any portion of the credit that may                            
25       be subsequently disqualified.                                                                                     
26            Sec. 44.33.236. Determination of qualified expenditures. (a) Expenditures                                  
27       made by a production company in connection with a film production approved by the                                 
28       film office that shall be considered qualified expenditures include preproduction,                                
29       production, and postproduction expenditures directly incurred in this state that are                              
30       directly used in the production, including                                                                        
31                 (1)  costs of set construction and operation;                                                           
01                 (2)  costs of wardrobes, make-up, accessories, and related services;                                    
02                 (3)  costs associated with photography and sound synchronization;                                       
03                 (4)  costs of lighting and related services and materials;                                              
04                 (5)  costs of editing and related services;                                                             
05                 (6)  rental of facilities and equipment;                                                                
06                 (7)  leasing of vehicles;                                                                               
07                 (8)  costs of food and lodging;                                                                         
08                 (9)  costs of digital or tape editing, film processing, transfer of film to                             
09       tape or digital format, sound mixing, and special and visual effects;                                             
10                 (10)  the total aggregate payroll and the use of an Alaska payroll                                      
11       company;                                                                                                          
12                 (11)  costs of music, if performed, composed, or recorded by an Alaska                                  
13       musician, or released or published by an Alaska-domiciled company;                                                
14                 (12)  airfare, if purchased through an Alaska-based travel agency or                                    
15       travel company;                                                                                                   
16                 (13)  insurance costs or bonding, if purchased through an Alaska-based                                  
17       insurance agency; or                                                                                              
18                 (14)  other similar production expenditures as determined by the film                                   
19       office.                                                                                                           
20            (b)  Production costs that may not be considered include                                                     
21                 (1)  the cost of an audit, report, or examination prepared for eligibility                              
22       for the film production tax credit;                                                                               
23                 (2)  postproduction expenditures for marketing and distribution;                                        
24                 (3)  indirect costs;                                                                                    
25                 (4)  amounts that are later reimbursed;                                                                 
26                 (5)  amounts that are paid to a person or entity as a result of                                         
27       participation in profits from the exploitation of the production;                                                 
28                 (6)  costs related to the transfer or use of a film production tax credit                               
29       under AS 43.98.030.                                                                                               
30            Sec. 44.33.237. Alaska film production internship training program. The                                    
31       film office may establish an Alaska film production internship training program on a                              
01       cooperative basis with the University of Alaska.                                                                  
02            Sec. 44.33.238. Regulations. The film office may adopt procedures and                                      
03       regulations to carry out its functions under AS 44.33.231 - 44.33.239.                                            
04            Sec. 44.33.239. Definitions. In AS 43.33.231 - 43.33.239,                                                  
05                 (1)  "film" includes television, commercials, and videos;                                               
06                 (2)  "film office" means the film office created under AS 44.33.231;                                    
07                 (2)  "producer" means a person who arranges financing for or                                            
08       supervises the production of a film, video, commercial, or television production;                                 
09                 (3)  "rural area" means a community with a population of 5,500 or less                                  
10       that is not connected by road or rail to Anchorage or Fairbanks.