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Theatre Tax Relief

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Calculation: maximum amount of core expenditure subject to claim

S1217J Corporation Tax Act 2009

The amount of Theatre Tax Relief (TTR) available is based on the EEA core expenditure of each  separate theatrical trade.  The Theatrical Production Company (TPC) will receive an additional deduction of up to 80% of the total core expenditure incurred on the production.

A TPC can claim TTR on the lower of:

  • 80% of total core expenditure, and
  • the actual EEA core expenditure incurred.

EEA core expenditure is the amount of core expenditure (TTR50010) incurred by the TPC which is also EEA expenditure (TTR50050). EEA expenditure is expenditure on goods or services that are provided from within the EEA.

If non-EEA core expenditure is not more than 20% of total core expenditure it will have no bearing on the amount of TTR a TPC can claim.

The amount on which the TPC is entitled to claim an additional deduction under TTR is termed enhanceable expenditure.

Example 1: core expenditure all EEA

A TPC incurs £2m of core expenditure on a production, all of it on goods or services that are provided from within the EEA.

Actual EEA core expenditure more than 80% of total core expenditure.

The TPC can claim TTR on 80% x total core expenditure.  The additional deduction is therefore £1.6m.

Example 2: core expenditure part EEA and part non-EEA

A TPC incurs £4m of core expenditure on a production, of which £2.5m is EEA expenditure.  The remainder is incurred on goods or services that are provided from within the USA and is therefore non-EEA expenditure.

Actual EEA core expenditure less than 80% of total core expenditure.

The TPC can claim TTR on actual EEA core expenditure.  The additional deduction is therefore £2.5m.