Theatre Tax Relief

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Theatre Tax Relief

The Theatre Tax Relief allows for both commercial and charitable incorporated companies to claim relief on their Corporation Tax. This benefit is received by companies in the form of reduced tax liability or in some cases a payable tax credit.

Theatre Tax Relief Eligibility Criteria

Your production must have roles in it that are performed wholly by humans, whether they’re actors, singers, dancers, it does not matter as long as the majority of the production is performed by them.

The production must be classed as either: a dramatic production, a ballet, play, opera or a musical.
Your production must be put on for a paying audience or for educational purposes.
The performances of your production must be live in order to qualify for this incentive.

  • Your company must be involved in operations, meaning that you must have an input in decision making throughout the duration of the production and pay for:
    • Goods
    • Rights
    • Services

What You Cannot Claim Through Theatre Tax Relief

There are a few limiting factors to the incentive:

  • Your production was produced to advertise a product
  • If the production plays a part in a competition
  • Your company cannot claim if wild animals were included in your production
  • Also if your production is of sexual nature
Make your Tax Relief Claim
25% of your core costs must be spent in the European Economic Area (EEA) in order to qualify for the incentive, this is in order to promote economic growth in the UK
British Film Institute - BFI
Unlike a large portion of the Creative Tax Reliefs, you do not need to be certified by the British Film Institute in order to qualify

How Does Counting King Handle My Claim?

The process is simple:

Getting To Know You

We will hold an initial, informal conversation with you to understand what activities you have conducted, what your business is and whether you qualify for the incentive

Evaluating Your Costs

We will request your financials to evaluate your costs and calculate your benefit

Writing Your Claim

Counting King will write the claim for you which you can look over before submission to HMRC – you can be as involved in the process of writing your claim as you want to be


Receive your benefit in either a reduction in your Corporation Tax liability or a payable credit

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