7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill modifies provisions related to motion picture incentives.
10 Highlighted Provisions:
11 This bill:
12 ▸ allows the Governor's Office of Economic Development to provide motion picture
13 incentives for companies engaging in post-production work in Utah;
14 ▸ removes the cap on cash rebate incentives allowed for any one motion picture; and
15 ▸ defines terms.
16 Money Appropriated in this Bill:
18 Other Special Clauses:
20 Utah Code Sections Affected:
22 63N-8-101, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2015, Chapter 283
23 63N-8-102, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2015, Chapter 283
24 63N-8-103, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2018, Chapter 469
25 63N-8-104, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2015, Chapter 283
26 63N-8-105, as renumbered and amended by Laws of Utah 2015, Chapter 283
28 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
29 Section 1. Section 63N-8-101 is amended to read:
30 63N-8-101. Title -- Purpose.
31 (1) This chapter is known as "Motion Picture Incentives."
32 (2) The Legislature finds that:
33 (a) the state's natural beauty, scenic wonders, and diverse topography provide a variety
34 of magnificent settings from which the motion picture industry can choose to film part or all of
35 major or independent motion pictures, made-for-television movies, and television series;
36 (b) the state has an abundance of resources, including a skilled and able workforce, the
37 required infrastructure, and a friendly and hospitable populace that have been instrumental in
38 the filming of hundreds of successful motion pictures and several television series; and
39 (c) further development of the motion picture industry in Utah is a state public purpose
40 that will significantly impact growth in the state's economy and contribute to the fiscal well
41 being of the state and its people.
42 (3) The purpose of this chapter is to:
43 (a) encourage the use of Utah as a site for the production of motion pictures, television
44 series, and made-for-television movies;
45 (b) provide financial incentives to the film industry so that Utah might compete
46 successfully with other states and countries for filming locations and post-production work;
48 (c) help develop a strong motion picture industry presence in the state that will
49 contribute substantially to improving the state's economy.
50 Section 2. Section 63N-8-102 is amended to read:
51 63N-8-102. Definitions.
52 As used in this chapter:
53 (1) "Digital media company" means a company engaged in the production of a digital
54 media project.
55 (2) "Digital media project" means all or part of a production of interactive
56 entertainment or animated production that is produced for distribution in commercial or
57 educational markets, which shall include projects intended for Internet or wireless distribution.
58 (3) "Dollars left in the state" means expenditures made in the state for a state-approved
59 production, including:
60 (a) an expenditure that is subject to:
61 (i) a corporate franchise or income tax under Title 59, Chapter 7, Corporate Franchise
62 and Income Taxes;
63 (ii) an individual income tax under Title 59, Chapter 10, Individual Income Tax Act;
65 (iii) a sales and use tax under Title 59, Chapter 12, Sales and Use Tax Act,
66 notwithstanding any sales and use tax exemption allowed by law; or
67 (iv) a combination of Subsections (3)(a)(i), (ii), and (iii);
68 (b) payments made to a nonresident only to the extent of the income tax paid to the
69 state on the payments, the amount of per diems paid in the state, and other direct
70 reimbursements transacted in the state; and
71 (c) payments made to a payroll company or loan-out corporation that is registered to do
72 business in the state, only to the extent of the amount of withholding under Section 59-10-402.
73 (4) "Loan-out corporation" means a corporation owned by one or more artists that
74 provides services of the artists to a third party production company.
75 (5) "Motion picture company" means a company engaged in the production of:
76 (a) motion pictures;
77 (b) television series; or
78 (c) made-for-television movies.
79 (6) "Motion picture incentive" means either a cash rebate from the Motion Picture
80 Incentive Account or a refundable tax credit under Section 59-7-614.5 or 59-10-1108.
81 (7) "New state revenues" means:
82 (a) incremental new state sales and use tax revenues generated as a result of a digital
83 media project that a digital media company pays under Title 59, Chapter 12, Sales and Use Tax
85 (b) incremental new state tax revenues that a digital media company pays as a result of
86 a digital media project under:
87 (i) Title 59, Chapter 7, Corporate Franchise and Income Taxes;
88 (ii) Title 59, Chapter 10, Part 1, Determination and Reporting of Tax Liability and
90 (iii) Title 59, Chapter 10, Part 2, Trusts and Estates;
91 (iv) Title 59, Chapter 10, Part 4, Withholding of Tax; or
92 (v) a combination of Subsections (7)(b)(i), (ii), (iii), and (iv);
93 (c) incremental new state revenues generated as individual income taxes under Title
94 59, Chapter 10, Part 1, Determination and Reporting of Tax Liability and Information, paid by
95 employees of the new digital media project as evidenced by payroll records from the digital
96 media company; or
97 (d) a combination of Subsections (7)(a), (b), and (c).
98 (8) "Payroll company" means a business entity that handles the payroll and becomes
99 the employer of record for the staff, cast, and crew of a motion picture production.
100 (9) "Post-production work" means work undertaken on a state-approved production
101 after filming or shooting is complete and includes film and video editing, sound editing, sound
102 mixing, computer graphics services, visual effects services, and animation services.
104 authorized under Section 63N-8-103 and claimed under Section 59-7-614.5 or 59-10-1108.
106 Section 63N-8-103.
108 under Subsections (2) and (5) that is:
109 (a) approved by the office and ratified by the board; and
110 (b) produced or carried out in the state by a motion picture company.
112 tax credit certificate for a taxable year.
114 (a) lists the name of the applicant;
115 (b) lists the applicant's taxpayer identification number;
116 (c) lists the amount of tax credit that the office awards the applicant for the taxable
117 year; and
118 (d) may include other information as determined by the office.
119 Section 3. Section 63N-8-103 is amended to read:
120 63N-8-103. Motion Picture Incentive Account created -- Cash rebate incentives --
121 Refundable tax credit incentives.
122 (1) (a) There is created within the General Fund a restricted account known as the
123 Motion Picture Incentive Account, which the office shall use to provide cash rebate incentives
124 for state-approved productions by a motion picture company.
125 (b) All interest generated from investment of money in the restricted account shall be
126 deposited in the restricted account.
127 (c) The restricted account shall consist of an annual appropriation by the Legislature.
128 (d) The office shall:
129 (i) with the advice of the board, administer the restricted account; and
130 (ii) make payments from the restricted account as required under this section.
131 (e) The cost of administering the restricted account shall be paid from money in the
132 restricted account.
133 (2) (a) A motion picture company or digital media company seeking disbursement of
134 an incentive allowed under an agreement with the office shall follow the procedures and
135 requirements of this Subsection (2).
136 (b) The motion picture company or digital media company shall provide the office with
137 a report identifying and documenting the dollars left in the state and new state revenues
138 generated by the motion picture company or digital media company for its state-approved
139 production, including any related tax returns by the motion picture company, payroll company,
140 digital media company, or loan-out corporation under Subsection (2)(d).
141 (c) For a motion picture company, an independent certified public accountant shall:
142 (i) review the report submitted by the motion picture company; and
143 (ii) attest to the accuracy and validity of the report, including the amount of dollars left
144 in the state.
145 (d) The motion picture company, digital media company, payroll company, or loan-out
146 corporation shall provide the office with a document that expressly directs and authorizes the
147 State Tax Commission to disclose the entity's tax returns and other information concerning the
148 entity that would otherwise be subject to confidentiality under Section 59-1-403 or Section
149 6103, Internal Revenue Code, to the office.
150 (e) The office shall submit the document described in Subsection (2)(d) to the State
151 Tax Commission.
152 (f) Upon receipt of the document described in Subsection (2)(d), the State Tax
153 Commission shall provide the office with the information requested by the office that the
154 motion picture company, digital media company, payroll company, or loan-out corporation
155 directed or authorized the State Tax Commission to provide to the office in the document
156 described in Subsection (2)(d).
157 (g) Subject to Subsection (3), for a motion picture company the office shall:
158 (i) review the report from the motion picture company described in Subsection (2)(b)
159 and verify that it was reviewed by an independent certified public accountant as described in
160 Subsection (2)(c); and
161 (ii) based upon the certified public accountant's attestation under Subsection (2)(c),
162 determine the amount of the incentive that the motion picture company is entitled to under its
163 agreement with the office.
164 (h) Subject to Subsection (3), for a digital media company, the office shall:
165 (i) ensure the digital media project results in new state revenue; and
166 (ii) based upon review of new state revenue, determine the amount of the incentive that
167 a digital media company is entitled to under its agreement with the office.
168 (i) Subject to Subsection (3), if the incentive is in the form of a cash rebate, the office
169 shall pay the incentive from the restricted account to the motion picture company,
170 notwithstanding Subsections 51-5-3(23)(b) and 63J-1-105(6).
171 (j) If the incentive is in the form of a refundable tax credit under Section 59-7-614.5 or
172 59-10-1108, the office shall:
173 (i) issue a tax credit certificate to the motion picture company or digital media
174 company; and
175 (ii) provide a duplicate copy of the tax credit certificate to the State Tax Commission.
176 (k) A motion picture company or digital media company may not claim a motion
177 picture tax credit under Section 59-7-614.5 or 59-10-1108 unless the motion picture company
178 or digital media company has received a tax credit certificate for the claim issued by the office
179 under Subsection (2)(j)(i).
180 (l) A motion picture company or digital media company may claim a motion picture
181 tax credit on its tax return for the amount listed on the tax credit certificate issued by the office.
182 (m) A motion picture company or digital media company that claims a tax credit under
183 Subsection (2)(l) shall retain the tax credit certificate and all supporting documentation in
184 accordance with Subsection 63N-8-104(6).
185 (3) (a) Subject to Subsection (3)(b), the office may issue $6,793,700 in tax credit
186 certificates under this part in a fiscal year.
187 (b) If the office does not issue tax credit certificates in a fiscal year totaling the amount
188 authorized under Subsection (3)(a), it may carry over that amount for issuance in subsequent
189 fiscal years.
190 Section 4. Section 63N-8-104 is amended to read:
191 63N-8-104. Motion picture incentives -- Standards to qualify for an incentive --
192 Limitations -- Content of agreement between office and motion picture company or
193 digital media company.
194 (1) In addition to the requirements for receiving a motion picture incentive as set forth
195 in this part, the office, in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah Administrative
196 Rulemaking Act, shall make rules establishing:
197 (a) the standards that a motion picture company or digital media company must meet to
198 qualify for the motion picture incentive; and
199 (b) criteria for determining the amount of the incentive.
200 (2) The office shall ensure that those standards include the following:
201 (a) an incentive may only be issued for a [
202 a motion picture company or digital media company;
203 (b) financing has been obtained and is in place for the production; and
204 (c) the economic impact of the production on the state represents new incremental
205 economic activity in the state as opposed to existing economic activity.
206 (3) With respect to a digital media project, the office shall consider economic
207 modeling, including the costs and benefits of the digital media project to state and local
208 governments in determining the motion picture incentive amount.
209 (4) The office may also consider giving preference to a production that stimulates
210 economic activity in rural areas of the state, engages in post-production work in the state, or
212 Utah as Utah in the production.
213 (5) (a) The office, with advice from the board, may enter into an agreement with a
214 motion picture company or digital media company that meets the standards established under
215 this section and satisfies the other qualification requirements under this part.
216 (b) Subject to Subsection 63N-8-103(3), the office may commit or authorize a motion
217 picture incentive:
218 (i) to a motion picture company of up to 20% of the dollars left in the state by the
219 motion picture company, and a motion picture company can receive an additional 5%, not to
220 exceed 25% of the dollars left in the state by the motion picture company if the company
221 fulfills certain requirements determined by the office including:
222 (A) employing a significant percentage of cast and crew from Utah;
223 (B) highlighting the state of Utah and the Utah Film Commission in the motion picture
224 credits; [
225 (C) engaging in post-production work in Utah; or
227 picture company; and
228 (ii) to a digital media company, if the incentive does not exceed 100% of the new state
229 revenue less the considerations under Subsection (3), but not to exceed 20% of the dollars left
230 in the state by the digital media company.
234 Incentive Restricted Account for a digital media project.
235 (6) The office shall ensure that the agreement entered into with a motion picture
236 company or digital media company under Subsection (5)(a):
237 (a) details the requirements that the motion picture company or digital media company
238 must meet to qualify for an incentive under this part;
239 (b) specifies:
240 (i) the nature of the incentive; and
241 (ii) the maximum amount of the motion picture incentive that the motion picture
242 company or digital media company may earn for a taxable year and over the life of the
244 (c) establishes the length of time over which the motion picture company or digital
245 media company may claim the motion picture incentive;
246 (d) requires the motion picture company or digital media company to retain records
247 supporting its claim for a motion picture incentive for at least four years after the motion
248 picture company or digital media company claims the incentive under this part; and
249 (e) requires the motion picture company or digital media company to submit to audits
250 for verification of the claimed motion picture incentive.
251 Section 5. Section 63N-8-105 is amended to read:
252 63N-8-105. Annual report.
253 The office shall include the following information in the annual written report described
254 in Section 63N-1-301:
255 (1) the office's success in attracting within-the-state:
256 (a) production of television series, made-for-television movies, and motion pictures,
257 including feature films and independent films; and
258 (b) post-production work;
259 (2) the amount of incentive commitments made by the office under this part and the
260 period of time over which the incentives will be paid; and
261 (3) the economic impact on the state related to:
262 (a) dollars left in the state; and
263 (b) providing motion picture incentives under this part.