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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: September 10, 2019 11:22 AM
From: Representative Dan K. Williams
To: All House members
Subject: Expanding the Pennsylvania Film Production Tax Credit Program
A number of states offer film tax credits as a way to encourage production in their states. Pennsylvania offers a number of fee-free and permit-free options for filming, as well as being a beautiful and geographically diverse state, yet states like California, Georgia, and New York continue to dominate in the awarding of film tax credits.

According to the Independent Fiscal Office, uncapping and expanding the credit could have significant positive impact on Pennsylvania’s economy and provide well paying, long term careers for residents. That is why I am introducing legislation to uncap the film tax credit and expand the tax credit program to apply to digital interactive media production expenses, which will give the Department of Community and Economic Development the flexibility to fully commit to multi-year productions and to more effectively budget for the program. Even with an uncapped program, the General Assembly would need to budget for the estimated amount of the credit in each fiscal year. By making these changes, Pennsylvania can better compete with the top three states for filming and production benefits.

Your consideration and co-sponsorship are appreciated.