Agency properly denied film-tax credit because company did not prove its project was “fully funded”

Topic: Film & TV, Decided by: Judge Malihi 
Docket Number: 2123699 , Decision Date: October 29, 2021 
Attachment: Click here to download the decision. 

A film-production company appealed a decision by the Georgia Department of Economic Development to deny the company’s application for a film-tax credit.  The Court ultimately sided with the Department, concluding that the company failed to show that its project had been “fully funded” at the time it applied for the credit.  Applying canons of statutory construction, the Court concluded that the phrase “fully funded,” as used in the Department’s rules, did not mean an assertion of a commitment for funding.  Rather, it meant that money must be available in an amount commensurate with the project’s budget.

Update as of 5/8/2023:  On appeal with the Superior Court of Fulton County, Docket 2021CV357702.

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