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Rocky Mountain High: Colorado’s 20% Cash Rebate Offers Quick Payback

Producers who go to Colorado to shoot their projects may already be familiar with the state if they’ve frequented Vail and Aspen, its major ski resorts. They appreciate Colorado’s diverse geography, which includes the scenic Rocky Mountains, stretches of desert, and deep woodlands. Plus, Denver, the state capital, provides cityscapes for urban-set films and TV shows. But most important, Colorado offers them a 20% cash rebate.

To qualify for the rebate, out-of-state productions shooting in Colorado must spend a minimum of $1 million on qualified expenditures for film or TV projects. The minimum spend for Colorado-based production companies is $100,000.

In addition, productions must hire a workforce (cast and crew) comprised of at least 50% Colorado residents. The maximum allowed compensation cap is $1 million per individual.

Applications for the rebate must be approved by the Colorado Office of Film, Television & Media (COFTM) before beginning principal photography. The state website says checks for the cash rebate are issued no later than 45 days after receipt of CPA audit and other required documentation.

Recent projects shot in Colorado include “Our Souls at Night” (2017), “The Space Between Us” (2017), “Hostiles” (2017), “Infinity Chamber” (2016), “The Hateful Eight” (2015) and “Furious 7” (2015).

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Incenitves
20% Tax rebate
$1m Qualified spending required
50% Portion of crew who must be Colorado residents
Information courtesy of EP Financial Solutions, a production incentive consulting and financial services company.

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