Bad news. Section 181 seemsto be cursed. A better explanation is that the extension is linked to a huge political battle over extending unemployment insurance. Washington at its best. Read more here. http://www.opencongress.org/articles/view/1921-Dems-Lose-Big-on-Unemployment-Insurance-Tax-Extenders-Vote.
Originally Published on May 29, 2010
The House voted to pass HR 4213 with some minor revisions and amendments. After passing the House and the Senate earlier this year, Congress could not present the bill to the President until proposed changes (which likely means more pork was added) were debated. Thankfully for film makers, an extension of Section 181 through December 31, 2010 remained as part of the bill without any modification. The extension will permit films that were or are being produced in 2010 to utilize the tax deduction.
Even though it still looks like we are on the right track (which we have been for about 6 months), Congress adjourned for a week long holiday. So the Senate and President will not see this Bill until at least June 7.
Obviously, this extension will be great news for everyone associated with making movies in the United States. To find out more about Section 181 or to figure out how it can help with your film’s money raise, please feel free to contact us at josh@lawyer4musicians or firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember, HR 4213 is not a law yet (not until the President signs it) and this blog does not contain legal advice upon which you may rely. Thanks to all readers who help us stay on top of this and correct any misinformation that is out there.