(35 ILCS 16/10)
    Sec. 10. Definitions. As used in this Act:
    "Accredited production" means: (i) for productions commencing before May 1, 2006, a film, video, or television production that has been certified by the Department in which the aggregate Illinois labor expenditures included in the cost of the production, in the period that ends 12 months after the time principal filming or taping of the production began, exceed $100,000 for productions of 30 minutes or longer, or $50,000 for productions of less than 30 minutes; and (ii) for productions commencing on or after May 1, 2006, a film, video, or television production that has been certified by the Department in which the Illinois production spending included in the cost of production in the period that ends 12 months after the time principal filming or taping of the production began exceeds $100,000 for productions of 30 minutes or longer or exceeds $50,000 for productions of less than 30 minutes. "Accredited production" does not include a production that:
        (1) is news, current events, or public programming,
    
or a program that includes weather or market reports;
        (2) is a talk show;
        (3) is a production in respect of a game,
    
questionnaire, or contest;
        (4) is a sports event or activity;
        (5) is a gala presentation or awards show;
        (6) is a finished production that solicits funds;
        (7) is a production produced by a film production
    
company if records, as required by 18 U.S.C. 2257, are to be maintained by that film production company with respect to any performer portrayed in that single media or multimedia program; or
        (8) is a production produced primarily for
    
industrial, corporate, or institutional purposes.
    "Accredited animated production" means an accredited production in which movement and characters' performances are created using a frame-by-frame technique and a significant number of major characters are animated. Motion capture by itself is not an animation technique.
    "Accredited production certificate" means a certificate issued by the Department certifying that the production is an accredited production that meets the guidelines of this Act.
    "Applicant" means a taxpayer that is a film production company that is operating or has operated an accredited production located within the State of Illinois and that (i) owns the copyright in the accredited production throughout the Illinois production period or (ii) has contracted directly with the owner of the copyright in the accredited production or a person acting on behalf of the owner to provide services for the production, where the owner of the copyright is not an eligible production corporation.
    "Credit" means:
        (1) for an accredited production approved by the
    
Department on or before January 1, 2005 and commencing before May 1, 2006, the amount equal to 25% of the Illinois labor expenditure approved by the Department. The applicant is deemed to have paid, on its balance due day for the year, an amount equal to 25% of its qualified Illinois labor expenditure for the tax year. For Illinois labor expenditures generated by the employment of residents of geographic areas of high poverty or high unemployment, as determined by the Department, in an accredited production commencing before May 1, 2006 and approved by the Department after January 1, 2005, the applicant shall receive an enhanced credit of 10% in addition to the 25% credit; and
        (2) for an accredited production commencing on or
    
after May 1, 2006, the amount equal to:
            (i) 20% of the Illinois production spending for
        
the taxable year; plus
            (ii) 15% of the Illinois labor expenditures
        
generated by the employment of residents of geographic areas of high poverty or high unemployment, as determined by the Department; and
        (3) for an accredited production commencing on or
    
after January 1, 2009, the amount equal to:
            (i) 30% of the Illinois production spending for
        
the taxable year; plus
            (ii) 15% of the Illinois labor expenditures
        
generated by the employment of residents of geographic areas of high poverty or high unemployment, as determined by the Department.
    "Department" means the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
    "Director" means the Director of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
    "Illinois labor expenditure" means salary or wages paid to employees of the applicant for services on the accredited production;
    To qualify as an Illinois labor expenditure, the expenditure must be:
        (1) Reasonable in the circumstances.
        (2) Included in the federal income tax basis of the
    
property.
        (3) Incurred by the applicant for services on or
    
after January 1, 2004.
        (4) Incurred for the production stages of the
    
accredited production, from the final script stage to the end of the post-production stage.
        (5) Limited to the first $25,000 of wages paid or
    
incurred to each employee of a production commencing before May 1, 2006 and the first $100,000 of wages paid or incurred to each employee of a production commencing on or after May 1, 2006.
        (6) For a production commencing before May 1, 2006,
    
exclusive of the salary or wages paid to or incurred for the 2 highest paid employees of the production.
        (7) Directly attributable to the accredited
    
production.
        (8) (Blank).
        (9) Paid to persons resident in Illinois at the time
    
the payments were made.
        (10) Paid for services rendered in Illinois.
    "Illinois production spending" means the expenses incurred by the applicant for an accredited production, including, without limitation, all of the following:
        (1) expenses to purchase, from vendors within
    
Illinois, tangible personal property that is used in the accredited production;
        (2) expenses to acquire services, from vendors in
    
Illinois, for film production, editing, or processing; and
        (3) the compensation, not to exceed $100,000 for any
    
one employee, for contractual or salaried employees who are Illinois residents performing services with respect to the accredited production.
    "Qualified production facility" means stage facilities in the State in which television shows and films are or are intended to be regularly produced and that contain at least one sound stage of at least 15,000 square feet.
    Rulemaking authority to implement this amendatory Act of the 95th General Assembly, if any, is conditioned on the rules being adopted in accordance with all provisions of the Illinois Administrative Procedure Act and all rules and procedures of the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules; any purported rule not so adopted, for whatever reason, is unauthorized.
(Source: P.A. 97-796, eff. 7-13-12.)