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RULE §121.1Background and Purpose

(a) Background.

  (1) The Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program administered by the Texas Film Commission (Commission) offers grants based upon eligible expenditures within the state by the Applicant, subject to this chapter and Chapter 485 of the Texas Government Code.

  (2) Grants are available upon submission of all required documentation by the Applicant to the Commission, initial verification by the Commission and a compliance review by the Office of the Governor. These grants are in addition to the Sales Tax Exemptions described in Texas Tax Code, §151.318 and §151.3185 and the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Administrative Rule, 34 TAC §3.300.

(b) Purpose.

  (1) The Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program was implemented to increase employment opportunities for Texas industry professionals, tourism and to boost economic activity in Texas cities and the overall Texas economy. Rather than Texas being an exporter of talent, Texas can now attract a wide range of projects from traditional film and commercial productions to the technology driven visual effects, animation productions and video games.

  (2) The Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program allows for growth of the indigenous segments of production. It is an important goal of this program to have Texas' talented workforce stay in Texas and realize real professional growth in the industry. The program increases the value of the Texas workforce and the viability of the small businesses that rely on production activity, increasing Texas' capacity to take on more production activity and increasing Texas competitive edge.

  (3) The Texas Moving Image Industry Incentive Program is not intended for productions that are permanently located in the State of Texas including, but not limited to, news productions, sports productions and religious service productions.

Source Note: The provisions of this §121.1 adopted to be effective March 10, 2008, 33 TexReg 2019; amended to be effective November 22, 2009, 34 TexReg 8029; amended to be effective August 28, 2011, 36 TexReg 5201; amended to be effective September 5, 2013, 38 TexReg 5714; amended to be effective March 27, 2017, 42 TexReg 1399

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