Cut! 100% film tax relief to go

The film-friendly tax break, which gives a full write-off of expenditure on films under a sale and leaseback arrangement, will be cut on 2 July 2002.

Top level pressure from Department of Culture, Media and Sport officials and the new Film Council failed to persuade Treasury officials to extend the scheme.

A rush of films through production before the deadline is now anticipated. Harry Hicks, Baker Tilly partner and film industry specialist, asked: ‘What good is loudly promoting the UK film industry when its biggest enemy lurks with the Inland Revenue?’

Accountant and film entrepreneur Andrew Tate, whose Evolution Films is funding productions worth £94m, said the scheme did not put in sufficient money.

A spokesman for the Inland Revenue said ministers had yet to decide whether to extend the scheme.


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