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Florida legislature passes digital tax break bill

April 9, 2010

Florida from Space

Florida isn’t exactly a hot spot for the technological industry, where only a handful of developers, such as EA Tiburon and Alienware, claim residence within the state.

The Florida Legislature is hoping a new bipartisan-backed bill, titled HB-697, will change that. The bill passed the Florida House of Representatives with a unanimous vote of 112-0.

Specifically targeting film, television and digital media (read: video game) producers, the bill will give companies tax breaks ranging between 15 percent to 20 percent. An amusing part of the bill also grants an additional 5 percent to film companies who work in the middle of hurricane season.

However, a provision within the bill that grants an additional 5 percent may limit which titles will see a tax break. These titles will not receive this bonus cut if it contains ”other matters that would offend parents whose 5-year-old views the motion picture or games.”

[Via Game Politics]

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