Big Tax Incentives Now Available in Big Sky Country

With the Montana Economic Industry Advancement (MEDIA) Act, Montana’s first film tax incentive since the Big Sky on the Big Screen Act sunset in 2015, Montana has a new tool to help get stories told in Montana.

The MEDIA Act, which became effective July 1, 2019, offers a 20% production expenditure tax credit, with additional components that can increase the transferable credit to a maximum of 35% of total base film production investment.

Those add-on incentives can include:

  • 25% of compensation for Montana resident crews
  • 15% of compensation for non-Montana resident crews
  • 30% of compensation paid to students
  • 20% of above the line compensation per production or television series season, with ceiling
  • 15% of compensation paid to actors
  • 10% of payments to Montana colleges or universities
  • 10% of all in-studio facility and equipment rental expenditures
  • 5% of expenditures in a high poverty county
  • 25% of post-production wages (not effective until 2021)
  • 5% for Montana screen credit

Visit montanafilm.com for more information, or explore GreenSlate’s suite of intuitive, web-based production incentive tools – including an interactive map, comparison tool, and incentives calculator – to easily search, compare, and calculate production incentives on any device, and contact Kathleen Thompson, at kathleen.thompson@gslate.com, with any tax incentive inquiries.

29 July 2019


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