North Carolina Adds Tax Credits for Videogame Industry

July 23, 2010 -

Yesterday North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue signed into law new tax incentives for the videogame industry, among other things. The bill, H1973, was signed at Epic Games headquarters in Cary, North Carolina. The new incentives grant media and content producers a tax credit of 15 percent - 20 percent if they work with a university or community college - on development costs that exceed $50,000. The tax credit can not exceed $7.5 million.

In addition to interactive media companies, the measure also provides tax credits for the creation of "eco-industrial parks" and enhances North Carolina’s credit for film production companies, increasing the cap on "qualified expenses" from $7.5 million to $20 million.
"This was a result of a lot of hard work by a lot of dedicated, passionate people," said Wayne Watkins, project manager for Wake County Economic Development.
Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, and Virginia have all enacted similar provisions within the last 18 months, according to Watkins.

Source: Biz Journal by way of E. Zachary Knight


 
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