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Tell Your Georgia Representatives: Reform the Hollywood Tax Credits

Georgia taxpayers pay an average $250 per household in tax credits to Hollywood.

While Georgia’s film tax credit program has helped Hollywood cut production costs and ultimately increase their profitability on film projects, the Hollywood elite have consistently shown that they're more than happy to take Georgia’s money as long as Georgia’s politics don't conflict with their own liberal views.

Every year, Georgia taxpayers pay an average $250 per household in tax credits to the film industry. The program has grown from $89 million in 2009 to $801 million in 2018. Over the life of the program, Georgia taxpayers have paid $4 billion to the film industry.

In spite of the massive amount of spending, there is no process in place to evaluate the benefits of the program and economists warn that the state arrived at its economic impact estimates by relying on “dubious data” and methods “not grounded in any economic reasoning.”

In his study on the impact of Georgia’s film tax credits, Kennesaw State University economics professor John Bradbury concluded that the film industry’s impact has been “grossly overstated” and the state’s “return on investment appears to be quite small.”

Even worse, in recent years, numerous Hollywood actors, producers, and film studios have threatened to leave and boycott the state over the outcome of a gubernatorial election and several prominent legislative issues.

Tell your legislators: It is not enough for these programs to be studied. They have already been audited. They must be reformed NOW!


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Dear lawmakers:

While Georgia’s film tax credit program has helped Hollywood cut production costs and ultimately increase their profitability on film projects, the Hollywood elite have consistently shown that they're more than happy to take Georgia’s money as long as Georgia’s politics don't conflict with their own liberal views.

Every year, Georgia taxpayers pay an average $250 per household in tax credits to the film industry. The program has grown from $89 million in 2009 to $801 million in 2018. Over the life of the program, Georgia taxpayers have paid $4 billion to the film industry.

In spite of the massive amount of spending, there is no process in place to evaluate the benefits of the program and economists warn that the state arrived at its economic impact estimates by relying on “dubious data” and methods “not grounded in any economic reasoning.”

In his study on the impact of Georgia’s film tax credits, Kennesaw State University economics professor John Bradbury concluded that the film industry’s impact has been “grossly overstated” and the state’s “return on investment appears to be quite small.”

Even worse, in recent years, numerous Hollywood actors, producers, and film studios have threatened to leave and boycott the state over the outcome of a gubernatorial election and several prominent legislative issues.

It is not enough for these programs to be studied. They have already been audited. They must be reformed NOW!

Sincerely, YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS

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