UK Creative Industry Tax Reliefs: Everything You Need to Know

The UK Creative Industry Tax Reliefs are focused on distributing and decreasing the costs of productions in the country. Read more to find out how it works!


If you're working in the creative industry, you might be aware that the cost of production and filming is significantly high. For this reason, and to provide aid to those who wish to work with the government on their side, the UK Creative Industry Tax Reliefs were introduced. These reliefs are granted to qualifying companies working within the UK tax net. Through them, qualifying companies can then claim 25% of their losses to enhanceable expenditure or tax deduction of a maximum of 100% of enhanceable expenditure. The following are the parties that can avail of these reliefs:

  • Television production companies
  • Film production companies
  • Orchestra production companies
  • Theatre production companies
  • Video games development companies

UK Creative Industry Tax Reliefs

In particular, there are 6 different UK Creative Industry Tax Reliefs that the companies mentioned above can avail. Let’s take a look at each of their elements and how they work:

1.     Film Tax Relief

British films that are intended for theatrical releases can use the Film Tax Relief with up to 10% of the production costs generated via activities in the country. Companies can either claim the entire UK core expenditure or 80% of the total core expenditure. Film Tax Relief is granted to those productions that qualify as an official co-production or pass the cultural test.

2.     Animation Tax Relief

Animation Tax Reliefs are granted to those productions intended for broadcast in the country. In addition to the existing Film Tax Relief policies, the companies must also have a total core expenditure of 51% on animation. The programme should be made within the European Economic Area [EEA]. The enhanceable expenditure policies are the same as previously mentioned.

3.     High-End TV and Children’s Programming Tax Relief

Documentary, comedy, and drama television made within the EEA fall within the high-end television bracket. If the production has an hourly cost of £1million or above and the programme's slot length is 30 minutes, or above, they would qualify for the high-end TV programming tax relief.

 

4.     Video Games Production Tax Relief

Video Games Production Tax Relief is granted to companies when the games they produce are intended for supply, 25% of their production costs are in the EEA, and certified as culturally British. Games based on promotion, advertising, and gambling are excluded from this tax relief.  The claims and enhanceable expenditures are the same as the previously mentioned policies.

5.     Theatre Tax Relief

Static or touring productions with live performances and with 25% of costs within EEA qualify for Theatre Tax Relief. These can only be accepted for plays, musicals, ballets, circuses, operas, or similar pieces. While the enhanceable expenditures are the same, the maximum loss claims for static and touring productions are different. Static and touring performances can claim 20% and 25% of losses, respectively.

6.     Orchestra Tax Relief

Introduced in 2016, the Orchestra Tax Relief is granted to parties involved in producing live performances and includes only production and creative costs. The enhanceable expenditures and claims are the same as the previously mentioned relief policies.

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