Productions Like ‘Fargo’ Benefit From Canada’s Fresh Tax Incentives

Canada's Tax Incentives: 'Fargo,' 'Orphan Black'

Canada, one of the first jurisdictions to offer incentives for stand-alone post-production, also provides breaks for visual effects, animation and, of course, filming.

Recent productions benefiting from the Great White North’s 16% refundable federal tax credit on qualifying Canadian labor include “Orphan Black,” “Godzilla” and miniseries “Fargo,” which is set in Minnesota but filmed in Canada due to the more generous breaks farther north.

Incentives given by many Canadian provinces can be stacked upon the federal credit. Their nature varies, from Alberta’s cash grant to refundable tax credits of assorted amounts on qualifying expenditures.

Information courtesy of EP Financial Solutions, a production incentive consulting and financial services company.

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