Magazine article Screen International

UK Animation Campaigners Eye Tax Breaks on Development

Magazine article Screen International

UK Animation Campaigners Eye Tax Breaks on Development

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Campaigners for animation tax breaks are urging the government to include the cost of development within the new policy, expanding benefits beyond the existing equivalent film credit.

Animation UK has been in discussions with key stakeholders from the industry and government about the details of the tax break, which was confirmed by chancellor George Osborne last month.

Top of the list is the request to expand the definition of "core costs" to retrospectively include work carried out prior to a commission.

Unlike the film credit, which does not cover the cost of script development, for example, this could offer animation companies an extra fillip to cover costly early-stage work.

The lobby group is also asking for the 25% credit to include online commissions and series for adults as well as children. …

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