Animation Tax Relief

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Animation Tax Relief

Animation Tax Relief (ATR) aims to foster the creation of animations within the UK, reflecting British heritage, values, and diversity.

It is claimed via the Company Tax. This means that you will claim your money by either paying your tax for the year and then you can receive your money back for eligible expenditure  money, or if submitted before your financial year end, you will receive your Animation tax Relief in the form of a tax deduction.

Animation Tax Relief Eligibility

 ‘Does My Company Qualify For Animation Tax Relief?

Here are some of the main eligibility criteria: 

  • A company must be incorporated in the UK or have a lasting institution that is under HMCR’S charging, paying corporation tax according to UK rules
  • A company must pass The Cultural Test, and for animations, the passing threshold is 16, from the total 31 points. Sections of the test include crew and location, content of projects and cultural contribution 
  • Your company can also qualify as an official co-production of a British programme, if an UK company has been accountable for all stages of production, from start to end
  • Your project needs to be determined for broadcast (either online or on TV) and consist of moving images, readable text, still images or a combination of these
  • A company must be actively involved in the proposal, decision making and creation at the pre-production stage, main shooting, and the postproduction step of the animation
  • The enterprise should directly negotiate contracts and pay for the goods and services associated to the animation process

Animation Tax Relief Additional Information

Although mixed medias are accepted, and an animation will qualify even if it includes sections on documentary or drama for example, it is necessary for most of its main expenses to be on the production of the actual animation (51% or above). 

The timeline of making, amending, or withdrawing a claim for a creative industry tax relief is one year after the company’s filing date. All income received and related, and non-related expenditures will be taken into account when claiming.

Animation Tax Relief Documentation Requirement

To file for your Tax Relief you will need the following documentation: 

  • British cultural certification that has to be accredited by the British Film Institute (BFI) 
  • Provide statements of your core expenditure which are clearly outlined as either UK or non-UK expenditure 
  • Expenditure breakdown should be categorised 

Additional Funding Opportunities

There are many tax incentives, grants and funding initiatives available to UK businesses. Whether you’re a start-up or an established business, we can provide you with the crucial advice that will help you access additional cash to help your business grow. We are partnered with Counting King, an industry leading firm that specialise in tax incentives that can support you with accessing additional funding support. Get in touch to find out more about what cash is available to you today! 

How Much Animation Tax Relief Can I Get?

In this section you will find additional information on how much Tax Relief you can receive for your project. 

Total Costs

Project's total costs have to be associated with activities in the UK (10% or above).

Total Costs

Project's total costs have to be associated with activities in the UK (10% or above).

Minimum Monetary Requirement

There is no minimum requirement for expenditure on animation programmes.

Minimum Monetary Requirement

There is no minimum requirement for expenditure on animation programmes.

Maximum Claim Value

There is no cap on the monetary amount that can be claimed back through animation tax relief.

Maximum Claim Value

There is no cap on the monetary amount that can be claimed back through animation tax relief.

For any help or advice please contact us:

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If you require any additional support with your BFI certification, we provide this service for FREE. 

For any additional information on: 

  • Eligibility criteria
  • How much you can claim 
  • How we can support you and your company throughout the process of the claim 
  • Our additional services to support your  business growth 


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