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KS Film Incentives Bill

The 2023 film tax incentive legislation is an economic development program to make Kansas competitive for film and media production. This will result in millions of dollars of spending in our state, more jobs, and workforce development in this expanding field; along with the promotion of tourism. Kansas' breathtaking landscape, beauty, and people should be shared with the world. Yet, Kansas is only one of thirteen states without film tax incentives, and we are not a viable option for business.

Film tax incentives makes Kansas competitive by:

  • incentivizing national and local production

  • growing local resources and production capacity

  • creating the environment to keep talent, expand programs, and grow and sustain the technological talent base.

This film tax incentive in 2023 is a modest step to enter the field, but is enough to get a look and consideration along with other states for future projects. The State loses nothing. Any approved project that comes in and contributes leaves more revenue than they take.
Kansas needs tax incentives to compete because film and media are changing:

  • Film, television, streaming services, series, gaming, and other high-tech media all need more content at favorable costs.

  • Because technology allows production almost anywhere, production can shop around and go where it wants. Currently, projects and their financiers do not consider Kansas because Kansas does not compete.

  • Kansas and other midwestern states are a favorable business environment to match our beautiful cities and landscapes

  • The coastal cost of living and midwestern regulatory and tax environment drive change.

Goals of this bill:

  • Draw in national production and facilitate local production.

  • Bring in sustainable projects and sustainable jobs.

  • Increase state revenue and local tourism.

  • Build a skilled technical workforce to keep the next generation in Kansas.

Details of the proposed bill include:

  • A 12 million proposal, including an annual $10 million capped tax incentives and $2 million annual appropriation for discretionary grants related to approved projects.

  • $10 million available for eligible productions, and post-production projects produced in Kansas to receive a transferable or refundable 30% credit on income taxes owed. Includes a provision for the option of a sales tax exemption on property or services, including the sale and installation of machinery and equipment.

  • The $10 million tax credit includes $9 million to attract out-of-state projects to Kansas, and $1 million to support Kansas-based production.

  • The Department of Commerce approves qualified productions that work in Kansas for 25 percent of the production, and that employ a minimum of 10 percent Kansas local talent, crew, and vendors.

  • The tax credits can increase, such as: a 5% credit increase for each category for rural or urban, projects over $50 million spending, legacy infrastructure investment, over 50% Kansas employees, renewal of existing project, but cannot exceed 40%.

  • Two grant programs funded with State General Fund dollars.

  • $1 million for grants to education institutions and programs to engage educate, support, and keep skilled technology production workers in Kansas.

  • $1 million available to grants to address Kansas infrastructure and workforce to facilitate production and investment in Kansas.

  • A third grant component is a 1-to-1 matching State/private grant program for film and digital media projects originating in Kansas.

  • Ten year sunset.

Who We Are
Grow Kansas Film is a coalition of film professionals supporting the film industry through advocacy & education around film-friendly legislation in Kansas. GKF is a 501 (c) 4.

Questions about the bill? Contact: Stuart J. Little, Little Government Relations,, 785-845-7265.

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