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What Your Production Should Know About Paid Family Leave

Several states allow employees to receive partial pay when taking time off from work to take care of a sick family member or bond with a child.
26 August 2019

News, Tax

Illinois Extends State Film Production Tax Credit Through 2026

In an effort to attract more industry jobs and spending, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed legislation extending the film tax credits on August 1st. State officials said earlier this year that total estimated spending and wages by the film...
22 August 2019

News, Tax, Incentives

New Jersey tax incentives are back. And so are The Sopranos.

Direct from the Film Office — GreenSlate’s Kathleen Thompson, Vice President – Incentives and New Business Development, recently interviewed Steve Gorelick, Executive Director for the New Jersey Motion Picture and Television Commission. Among the...
14 June 2019

News, Tax, Production, Direct from the Film Office, Incentives

California Paid Family Leave: What to Know for 2019

California Paid Family Leave (PFL) provides up to six weeks of partial pay to employees who take time off from work to care for a seriously ill family member (child, parent, parent-in-law, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or registered...
01 June 2019

News, Tax

2019 New Mexico Incentive Changes

Direct from the Film Office — GreenSlate’s Kathleen Thompson, Vice President – Incentives and New Business Development, recently sat down with Don Gray, Locations Coordinator for the New Mexico Film Office. Among the topics discussed were the...
26 March 2019

News, Tax, Production, Direct from the Film Office, Incentives

Tax Credit Monitoring = No Surprises for Producers and Financiers

Keeping an eye on your tax credit’s value is critical to the overall financial health of a project. The last surprise you want at the end of a project is that your credit is less than expected.
19 February 2019

Tax, Budgets, Incentives

The Undeniable Value of an Opinion in Securing Production Financing

In film and television production, content producers often use tax incentives as a source of financing. The effective cost of a project is net of the tax credit available. In the straightforward case of a film or TV show funded by one equity source,...
25 January 2019

Tax, Budgets, Incentives

Washington Family and Medical Leave: What You Need to Know for 2019

Washington was the second state in the nation to pass a paid family leave law in 2007, but it was continually put on hold for about a decade because of funding questions. However, in 2017, Washington approved an insurance plan to fund the state’s...
15 January 2019

News, Tax

2019 FICA Increase

The Social Security wage base has increased from $128,400 to $132,900 in 2019, which increased the maximum individual contribution by $279.
15 January 2019

News, Tax

Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) Updates for 2019

For budgeting purposes, you should assume a 0.6% FUTA rate on the first $7,000 in wages for all states unless you will be working in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), in which case, you should assume a 3.3% rate.
15 January 2019

News, Tax