The Montana Film Office of the Montana Department of Commerce administers certification to the Montana Economic Development Industry Advancement Act (Media Act), Montana’s media production incentive enacted in 2019.
Montana offers a transferable tax credit to qualified productions from production companies that produce qualified productions in the state.
Pre-certification is required, with a non-refundable $500 filing fee. The application may be saved for editing until complete submission. A PDF of the form for pre-application review is available at https://www.montanafilm.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/App_Production_MediaAct.pdf
Production companies may earn up to a 35% tax credit on the base investment in Montana by the production company.
The specific incentive portions and provisions of the tax credit are available on our website, https://www.montanafilm.com/incentive-packages/tax-credit/
Registration with the Secretary of State is required. The registration process takes 7-10 days, and completed registration must be uploaded with this application. Tips for registration can be found at https://www.montanafilm.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/SecretaryOfState_Tips.pdf
Ready to Register? Go to: https://sosmt.gov/business/
The production company must file a Montana income tax return at the end of the tax year following project completion in order to claim the credit. Filing fees and additional documentation will be due to the Department of Revenue when you begin the income tax return process. The Department of Revenue is required to administer the transfer of the tax credits. https://mtrevenue.gov/
Fill out the form below to submit your request for pre-certification for Montana's film tax credits. A $500 non-refundable filing fee is due upon submission completion.
Upon approval of this pre-certification and fee receipt, production companies will receive a letter from the Montana Film Office with specific instructions on the program.