Alabama offering tax breaks to film productions

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP - The Alabama Legislature is trying to lure more movie and TV show productions to Alabama by offering tax breaks.

The Senate gave final passage to legislation Tuesday sponsored by Democratic Rep. Richard Lindsey of Centre.

His bill now goes to the governor for signing.

The state once offered financial incentives to film companies, but that law expired in 2006.

lindsey said few movies have been filmed in Alabama since then.

The bill provides for breaks on sales, income and lodgings taxes for movie, TV, and similar productions spending at least $500,000 and for soundtracks spending at least $50,000 in Alabama.

The tax breaks are capped at $5 million this year, $7.5 million next year, and $10 million each year afterward.

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