Film tax relief to continue

The scheme, introduced in 1997, allowed for a 100% write off on production and acquisition costs for British films with budgets of up to £15m.

Extended to 2002 in the 1999 Finance Act, UK film productions will now be able to write off 100% of tax on expenditure incurred between 1997 and 2005.To qualify for the relief, 70% of the film’s costs must be spent on activity in the UK.

Andrew Tate, managing director of Evolution Films, which secures investment for British film productions, said: ‘We are absolutely elated. It is not at all what we expected.’

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