New tax credit for audiovisual work and cinematography
The Third Budget Amendment Act for 2020 includes a new tax credit designed to support media investment in programmes and audiovisual works.
Scope of application
Companies subject to corporate income tax, who actively publish television, radio or on-demand audiovisual media services can benefit from the new tax credits.
These companies are permitted to receive a 10% reduction for the period between 1st March 2020 and 31st December 2020. Companies with subsidiaries, whose exclusive corporate purpose is to invest in their producers’ cinematographic works must take into account the turnover of the subsidiary in proportion to its holding in the subsidiary.
Expenses which fall under the following are eligilble for the new tax credit :
- Purchases of broadcasting rights to works
- Investment on behalf of the producer in the financing of works
- Financing of the writing and development of works
- Adaptation of eligible works for the blind or partially-sighted
- Financing of author training
- Promotion or marketing of works
- Payments to the authors of cinematographic or audiovisual works
- Royalties paid to collective management organizations
Calculating the application rate
The new tax credit equates to 15% of the total expenditure incurred between March 1st 2020 and December 31st 2020, either in France, a member country of the European Union or the EEA.
Grants received by companies, which are directly allocated to the aforementioned expenses, are deducted from the calculation.
Use of the tax credit
The tax credit is charged against the corporate income tax due by the company either for the financial year ending December 31st 2020 or the first financial year ending on, or after, that date. The excess is refunded.
This measure comes into force on a date set by decree, which may be less than one month after the European Commission’s official response to the compliance of the measure with European Union law.
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