Trinidad and Tobago Offer Tax Rebates That Top Out at 50%

Varied locations and landscapes enable country to double for places in Asia, South America and Africa

The two small, photogenic Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago offer a very competitive film rebate on a sliding scale: spend $100,000 to $499,999 and get a 12.5% rebate; spend $500,000 to $999,999 and get 15%; and spend $1 million to $3 million for a whopping 35%.

Trinidad & Tobago Film Co. CEO Carla Foderingham reports that an additional rebate of 15% on labor costs incurred for hiring local citizens for film production is also being finalized, “so the total rebate can be up to 50% cash back.” A well-organized administrative structure facilitates permits and the temporary importation of equipment, without crews having to post a bond or pay duties or value-added tax.

Varied locations and landscapes — including mosques, mountains, beaches and cities — enable the country to double for places in Asia, South America and Africa. The islands in the past have attracted such productions as “Home Again” for Hungry Eyes Film & Television, directed by David Sudz Sutherland in partnership with Don Carmody (of the “Resident Evil” franchise), and “Contract Killers,” produced by Tritan Northstar Entertainment. Trinidad and Tobago has also hosted Merchant Ivory Productions’ “The Mystic Masseur” and “Dulha mil gaya” for Insight Productions.

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