A public hearing on the Pennsylvania Film Production Tax Credit focused on calls for its expansion to attract more projects and boost local economies, but little time was spent on the program’s transparency.
Pennsylvania operates a $70 million tax credit program to expand the state’s film industry. The tax credit can be used to offset a project’s tax liability if Pennsylvania production expenses make up at least 60% of a film’s total production expenses, according to the Department of Community and Economic Development.
“Since the state’s current program is capped at $70 million, projects are turned away each year due to lack of funding,” Sen. Camera Bartolotta, R-Beaver/Greene/Washington, said in a legislative memo. “By increasing the cap on the Film Industry Incentive, we are taking an important first step in meeting the demand of the film and television production industry who want to film in Pennsylvania.”
Bartolotta pointed to statistics noting that 509 productions have been awarded the tax credits and generated $785 million in total state and local taxes.
At the hearing, speakers emphasized that the tax credit is fundamental for Pennsylvania’s film industry.
“The incentive is key. Without the incentive, there is no work,” said Dawn Keezer, director of the Pittsburgh Film Office. “The credit is underfunded and oversubscribed, and we need your help to fix that.” See more here.