Tax Incentives For Film Productions | Nevada Film Office

Tax Incentives

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Transferable Tax Credit For Film and Other Productions

Effective: July 1, 2021

Be sure to check out The NFO Podcast interview w/ Film Office Analyst, Kim Spurgeon, to learn more about how our tax incentives can benefit your production.


Above the Line Labor – 15% Resident, 12% Non-Resident

Below the Line Labor – 15% Resident, 0% Non-Resident

Production Costs – 15%


Bonus 1 – Below the Line NV Resident 5%

Bonus 2 – Rural County Location 5%

Incentive Details

Transferable Tax Credit

  • 15% of the cumulative qualified production costs
  • 15% on wages, salaries, and fringe benefits to all NV resident personnel
  • 12% on wages, salaries, and fringe benefits to non-resident above the line personnel

Bonus 1

Plus 5% of the cumulative qualified production costs if greater than 50% of below the line crew are NV residents (not including extras; calculated by number of workdays worked)

Bonus 2

Plus 5% of the cumulative qualified production costs if greater than 50% of the filming days occurred in a NV county in which in each of the two years immediately preceding the date of application, qualified productions incurred less than $10 million of direct expenditures

Carry Forward

Credit expires four years after tax credits issued

Transfer Rules

Must notify State prior to any transfer and before expiration date

Project Criteria

  • Qualified production costs in NV must be greater than $500,000
  • At least 60% of the production budget, including pre-production, production, and post-production, must be incurred in Nevada as qualified direct production expenditures.  However, if all post-production will be completed outside of Nevada, then post-production expenditures can be withheld from the 60% calculation

What Qualifies

Pre-production, production, and post-production expenditures, including, but not limited to, compensation and wages to residents and non-residents and purchases and rentals of tangible personal property or services from a NV business

Compensation Caps

  • Compensation to all NV resident producers must be 10% or less of the total qualified expenditures
  • Compensation to all non-NV producers must be 5% or less of the total qualified expenditures
  • Per individual/loan-out corporation caps at $750,000

Project Caps

$6,000,000 per production

Program Funding Cap

$10,000,000 in program funding; contact the office for current availability

Company Registration

Must register with the Nevada Film Office

Loan-Out Withholding


Loan-Out Registration

Not required

CPA Audit

Required from an approved CPA by the Nevada Film Office

Getting Started

  • submit completed application
  • proof that the project is in the economic interest of NV
  • proof of project financing in place
  • script, storyboard or synopsis
  • names of producer, director, proposed cast, estimated timeline to complete the qualified production
  • summary budget (including costs incurred outside of NV)
  • insurance certificate for at least $1 million in general liability
  • proof of Worker’s Compensation Insurance
  • proof of all required business licenses for each location
  • commencement of principal photography must begin no later than 90 days after the application is approved

Claiming Incentive

  • All accountings and other required documentation must be submitted not later than 270 days after completion of the qualified production
  • production must be completed within 18 months after the commencement of principal photography
  • CPA audit required
  • producer must elect type of qualified taxes to which the credit will be applied

Crew Base

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