Claims: How to claim
Film Tax Relief (FTR) is a Corporation Tax relief. It is claimed for each relevant accounting period by completing the appropriate section (“Information about enhanced expenditure”) in the film production company’s (FPC’s) tax return form (CT600) and by supplying the required supplementary information.
The tax return must be accompanied by either an interim or final certificate issued by the Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport (DCMS), certifying that the film is British (FPC40030).
The FPC should indicate that it is claiming FTR using form CT600, by completing the boxes outlined below. These differ depending on which version of CT600 is being used. Please note that Version 2 only applies to accounting periods starting before 1 April 2015.
Description CT600: Version 2 Version 3
Tax due 86 525
Creative tax credit _ 540
Amount claimed 87 545
Amount payable 89 570
Creative enhanced expenditure _ 665
Film/Creative tax relief 167 n/a
Enhanced expenditure 101 670
Payable tax credit 168 885
Boxes 99, 100, 102 and 103 are not relevant to FTR.
An FPC incurs total expenditure of £45m on a British film. Of this expenditure, £40m is core expenditure. £30m (75%) of that core expenditure is incurred in the United Kingdom, and £10m (25%) elsewhere. The company is entitled to the following deductions:
- £45m “ordinary” deduction, plus
- £24m additional deduction (= 80% x £30m: the core UK expenditure is less than 80% of £40m, so it all qualifies FPC55020).
This gives a total deduction of £69m.
The figure that should be entered in box 101/670 (the “enhanced expenditure figure” referred to in the Note to box 101) is £24m.
Payable tax credit
If the company is claiming any payable tax credit, then it should enter the amount in the relevant boxes as above.
Some of the conditions which determine entitlement to the relief (or the amount of relief) can only be met with certainty once the film is completed. For example, its certification as a British film (FPC40030), or whether it meets the required mimum amount of UK expenditure (FPC40040).
- Whether a film is a British film depends on who is involved in the production and where the film is made, so that although the initial plan may be to make a film which qualifies as British, changes in response to circumstances (such as the unavailability of a lead actor) may mean that the eventual film does not.
- Similarly, the actual amount of core expenditure in the UK, as a proportion of the total, is only certain on completion, as is the overall spending on the film (which determines whether the film is limited-budget or not).
The legislation therefore allows relief to be claimed on an interim basis, assuming that the required conditions have been met. Film productions typically operate according to a strict budget so it should be clear from the outset whether they are likely to be met. If any of the conditions are not actually met on completion of the film, then the position is adjusted to reflect the outcome, including, if appropriate, repayment of film tax credit to HMRC and HMRC charging interest (though penalties would not normally be appropriate).
Claims should be supported by certain additional information. There are two cases with differing requirements:
- films which are completed within a single accounting period, and
- films whose production takes more than one period.
Each of these cases is covered in FPC60020.