Florida Senate - 2022 SB 946 By Senator Gruters 23-00366A-22 2022946__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the entertainment industry; 3 creating the Targeted High Wage Production Program 4 within the Department of Economic Opportunity under 5 the supervision of the Commissioner of Film and 6 Entertainment; providing a purpose for the program; 7 defining terms; requiring that film, television, and 8 digital media projects being produced in this state 9 meet specified criteria to be eligible for tax credit 10 awards; authorizing applicants to receive awards up to 11 a specified amount, including bonuses; requiring a 12 certified project to make a good faith effort to use 13 existing providers of infrastructure or equipment in 14 this state and to employ residents of this state; 15 requiring the commissioner to set application windows; 16 providing requirements for the department relating to 17 earmarking and setting aside tax credit awards; 18 requiring applicants to either accept a partial tax 19 credit award or reject the partial award and drop out 20 of the program under certain circumstances; providing 21 procedures and requirements for applicants; requiring 22 the commissioner to take specified actions within a 23 reasonable period of time; requiring the Florida Film 24 and Entertainment Advisory Council to determine a 25 score for each qualified project using specified 26 criteria; requiring the commissioner to determine the 27 priority order and scoring system of the specified 28 criteria with assistance from the council and certain 29 other persons; requiring the council to use specified 30 criteria; requiring the commissioner to take specified 31 actions in a timely manner relating to the 32 certification or rejection of qualified projects; 33 requiring the department to certify projects and 34 maximum tax credit awards to qualified applicants and 35 the executive director of the Department of Revenue; 36 requiring the commissioner to develop a process to 37 verify the actual qualified expenditures and bonus 38 eligibility of a certified project after the project’s 39 work in this state is complete; providing requirements 40 for the verification process; requiring that the award 41 be issued within a reasonable period of time upon 42 approval of the final award amount; requiring that 43 certain marketing be included with a project; 44 requiring certified projects to allow certain persons 45 to visit the production site upon request of the 46 commissioner and after providing the commissioner with 47 reasonable notice; specifying that the commissioner or 48 his or her affiliate is not required to visit the 49 production site; requiring the department to 50 disqualify a project under certain circumstances; 51 providing for liability and imposing civil and 52 criminal penalties for an applicant that submits 53 fraudulent information; requiring certified production 54 companies to make elections relating to tax credit 55 awards; providing requirements and prohibitions 56 relating to tax credits; authorizing certain entities 57 to transfer tax credits under certain circumstances; 58 providing requirements and prohibitions relating to 59 transferring tax credits; authorizing certain entities 60 to relinquish tax credits for payments; providing 61 requirements and prohibitions relating to 62 relinquishing tax credits; providing for the annual 63 allocation of tax credits for the program; authorizing 64 the department to adopt rules; authorizing the 65 Department of Revenue to conduct certain examinations 66 and audits and pursue recovery of tax credits; 67 authorizing the Department of Revenue to adopt rules; 68 authorizing the Department of Economic Opportunity to 69 revoke or modify certain decisions relating to tax 70 credit eligibility under certain circumstances; 71 requiring the department to notify the Department of 72 Revenue of any such revocation or modification; 73 requiring applicants to notify the Department of 74 Revenue of any change in tax credit claimed; providing 75 for forfeiture of tax credits; requiring the 76 commissioner to provide an annual report to the 77 Governor and the Legislature on a specified date; 78 providing that certain appropriated funds are not 79 subject to reversion; providing for the expiration of 80 the program; providing an effective date. 81 82 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 83 84 Section 1. The Targeted High Wage Production Program.— 85 (1) CREATION AND PURPOSE OF PROGRAM.—The Targeted High Wage 86 Production Program is created within the Department of Economic 87 Opportunity under the supervision of the Commissioner of Film 88 and Entertainment. 89 (a) The purpose of the performance-based program is to 90 boost this state’s economic prosperity by: 91 1. Creating high-paying jobs in an industry with an average 92 salary 60 percent higher than the state average; 93 2. Enhancing tourism by choosing projects that encourage 94 tourists to visit this state; 95 3. Broadening the film, television, and digital media 96 industry’s impact on the state by offering a modest bonus for 97 projects that take place in underutilized areas; and 98 4. Encouraging more family-friendly productions to be 99 produced in this state. 100 (b) This purpose shall be accomplished by providing a 101 limited tax credit award to projects that provide the highest 102 return on investment and economic benefit to the state which is 103 not awardable until after a project has made its expenditures in 104 this state and the expenditures have been verified by the 105 department. 106 (2) DEFINITIONS.—As used in this act, unless the context 107 otherwise requires, the term: 108 (a) “Certified project” means a qualified project that has 109 been scored by the council, has been determined by the 110 commissioner to meet or exceed the desired economic impact and 111 other criteria of the program, and has tax credits allocated to 112 it based on the project’s estimated qualified expenditures. The 113 term does not include a project that may be considered obscene 114 as defined in s. 847.001, Florida Statutes. 115 (b) “Commissioner” means the Commissioner of Film and 116 Entertainment as described in s. 288.1251(1)(b), Florida 117 Statutes. 118 (c) “Council” means the Florida Film and Entertainment 119 Advisory Council. 120 (d) “Department” means the Department of Economic 121 Opportunity. 122 (e) “Digital media project” means a commercial video game, 123 including an educational video game, which includes at least 30 124 minutes of game play time. 125 (f) “Family friendly” means having cross-generational 126 appeal; being appropriate in theme, content, and language for a 127 broad family audience; embodying a responsible resolution of 128 issues; not containing any act of drunkenness, illicit drug use, 129 sex, nudity, gratuitous violence, or vulgar or profane language; 130 and not portraying smoking any substance in a positive manner. 131 (g) “Film project” means a theatrical, direct-to-video, 132 television, cable, Internet, streaming service, or animated 133 narrative motion picture at least 75 minutes in length. The term 134 does not include a project deemed by the office to have content 135 that is obscene, as defined in s. 847.001, Florida Statutes. 136 (h) “Florida resident” means a person who has a valid 137 Florida driver license or Florida identification card issued 138 under s. 322.051, Florida Statutes, and has signed an affidavit 139 confirming residency. 140 (i) “Office” means the Office of Film and Entertainment 141 within the department. 142 (j) “Principal photography” means, for a film project or 143 television project, the filming of major or significant 144 components of the project which involve lead actors, or, for a 145 digital media project, the period of time during which the work 146 of the majority of the crew is dedicated solely to the project. 147 (k) “Production start date” means: 148 1. For film and television projects, the start date of 149 principal photography, as listed in the project’s application. 150 2. For digital media projects, the start date of final 151 storyboards or a later date as specified in the project’s 152 application. 153 (l) “Qualified expenditures” means: 154 1. Expenditures made in this state and paid to residents of 155 this state or to businesses registered in this state and made 156 solely for preproduction, production, or postproduction of the 157 qualified project, including the following: 158 a. Rented or leased goods or services provided by a vendor 159 or supplier in this state which is registered with the 160 Department of State or the Department of Revenue; which has a 161 physical address in this state other than a post office box; and 162 which employs one or more Florida residents on a full-time 163 basis. The term does not include rebilled goods or services 164 provided by an in-state company from out-of-state vendors or 165 suppliers. When services provided by the vendor or supplier 166 include personal services or labor, only personal services or 167 labor provided by Florida residents qualify. 168 b. Payments to Florida residents in the form of salary or 169 wages up to a maximum of $200,000 per resident, including 170 amounts paid per diem to a worker who is a Florida resident and 171 amounts paid through payroll service companies, and benefits 172 such as pension, health, and welfare payments for technical and 173 production crews, directors, producers, and performers. For 174 purposes of this sub-subparagraph, payments do not include wages 175 for executives, legal staff, or other corporate staff who are 176 not employed to work solely on the project. 177 c. Rented or leased cars, trucks, and trailers, if the 178 vehicles or trailers are registered with the Florida Department 179 of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. 180 d. Purchases of catered meals and on-set craft service 181 supplies. 182 e. Rented hotel rooms or other accommodations for cast or 183 crew. 184 2. The term does not include expenditures not expressly 185 identified in subparagraph 1., expenditures made before 186 qualification for the program, expenditures made via Internet 187 transactions, expenditures for airfare, or any costs associated 188 with development, marketing, or distribution. 189 3. For the purposes of a digital media project, the term 190 includes only those qualified expenditures made within 9 months 191 after the project’s first qualified expenditure. 192 (m) “Qualified project” means a film project, television 193 project, or digital media project that meets the application 194 requirements and for which a complete application for the 195 program has been submitted to the commissioner and accepted for 196 consideration by the office. The term does not apply to any 197 company doing subsidiary work on a certified production, 198 including, but not limited to, postproduction, visual effects, 199 and music. The term does not include a weather or market 200 program; a sporting event or a sporting event broadcast; a gala; 201 an awards show; a production that solicits funds; a home 202 shopping program; a political program; a gambling-related 203 project or production; a concert production; a news or current 204 events show; a sports or sports recap show; a pornographic 205 production; or any production deemed obscene under chapter 847, 206 Florida Statutes. 207 (n) “Television project” means a television pilot program 208 or a television series that: 209 1. Is a scripted drama, comedy, animation, or reality show; 210 2. Has a runtime to fit, at a minimum, a 30-minute program 211 slot, but no longer than required to fit a 60-minute program 212 slot; and 213 3. If the television project is a television series, has a 214 minimum of 7 episodes, or, if the television project is a 215 reality program or series, has at least 10 episodes. 216 4. Does not include content that is deemed by the office to 217 be obscene, as defined in s. 847.001, Florida Statutes. 218 (o) “Underutilized area” means any county in this state 219 other than Broward County, Hillsborough County, Miami-Dade 220 County, Orange County, Pinellas County, or Seminole County. 221 (3) TAX CREDIT AWARD ELIGIBILITY.— 222 (a) To be eligible for a tax credit award, an applicant 223 must be registered to do business in this state and must be 224 producing a project that: 225 1. Has projected qualified expenditures of: 226 a. For a film project, at least $1.5 million; 227 b. For a television project, at least $500,000 per episode; 228 or 229 c. For a digital media project, at least $1.5 million; 230 2. Is projected to employ a crew, including cast and stand 231 ins, but not including extras, also known as background 232 performers, of which at least 60 percent will be residents of 233 this state and at least one member will be a military veteran; 234 3. Is projected to spend at least 70 percent of its total 235 production days in this state; and 236 4. Will not receive a sales tax certificate of exemption 237 pursuant to s. 288.1258, Florida Statutes, for the project. 238 (b) A certified project may receive a tax credit award in 239 the amount of up to 20 percent of its verified qualified 240 expenditures. A bonus may be earned in the amount of an 241 additional 3 percentage points if 60 percent of the project’s 242 production in this state will take place in an underutilized 243 area or if its content is deemed family friendly. A certified 244 project may not receive more than one bonus, and the total that 245 may be awarded under any tax credit award may not exceed 23 246 percent of its verified qualified expenditures or $2 million, 247 whichever is less. 248 (c) A certified project must make a good faith effort to 249 use existing providers of infrastructure or equipment in this 250 state, when available, including providers of camera gear, grip 251 and lighting equipment, vehicles, and postproduction services, 252 and to employ residents of this state as cast and crew. 253 (4) APPLICATION WINDOWS.—Applications must be accepted for 254 the program during two application windows each fiscal year. The 255 commissioner shall set a start date for both application 256 windows. However, the first application window may begin before 257 the start of the fiscal year and must end no later than 5 258 business days after July 1, and the second application window 259 must end no later than 5 business days after December 1. 260 (a) The department may not earmark or set aside more than 261 60 percent of any tax credit awards available for any given 262 fiscal year for applications submitted during each fiscal year’s 263 first application window. Tax credit award funds not earmarked 264 or set aside for applicants applying during one application 265 window roll over for use in the next application window. 266 (b) If all tax credit awards are earmarked and set aside 267 for certified projects, additional applications may not be 268 accepted until more funds become available for the program. 269 (c) If during any application period only a partial amount 270 of tax credit awards are available to certify to a project 271 compared to the full amount for which it would be eligible, the 272 applicant must elect to either accept the partial tax credit 273 award as the maximum certified tax credit award it would be 274 eligible for or reject it and drop out of the program. The 275 applicant must notify the commissioner in writing of its 276 decision before the application period ends. If additional tax 277 credit awards become available after the application period, the 278 project of an applicant that accepted a partial tax credit award 279 is not eligible for any such awards. 280 (5) APPLICATION PROCESS.— 281 (a) A company that plans to produce a film, television, or 282 digital project in this state may submit an application to the 283 commissioner during one of the two application windows. Each 284 fiscal year, a project must have a production start date that is 285 within 6 months after July 1 if applying in the first window or 286 within 6 months after January 1 if applying in the second 287 window. 288 (b) An applicant or its parent company may submit an 289 application for no more than five projects in any single fiscal 290 year. However, except in the case of a television pilot and the 291 television series the pilot is based on being certified within 292 the same fiscal year, only one project per applicant may be 293 certified within a fiscal year. 294 (c) The application must include: 295 1. Proof of funding; 296 2. Project-related employment information, including 297 employment numbers for residents of this state; 298 3. A full line-item budget and a detailed qualified 299 expenditures budget; 300 4. A detailed distribution plan to assist with determining 301 the potential economic impact of the project in this state; 302 5. The applicant’s expected total qualified expenditures 303 for wages paid to residents of this state; 304 6. The applicant’s expected total qualified expenditures 305 and nonqualified expenditures in this state; 306 7. For a film project, the latest script, a production 307 schedule, a Day Out of Days report, and a list of the expected 308 shooting locations; 309 8. For a digital media project, a detailed game design 310 document, including a production schedule; 311 9. For a television project that is a pilot, a final 312 script, a production schedule, a Day Out of Days report, and a 313 list of the expected shooting locations; 314 10. For a television project that is a series, the latest 315 scripts for at least two episodes and a production schedule, a 316 Day Out of Days report, and a list of the expected shooting 317 locations for the first episode; 318 11. An affirmation signed by the applicant that the 319 information on the application is correct; and 320 12. The applicant’s Florida tax identification number. 321 (d) Within a reasonable period of time after the last 322 business day of each application window, the commissioner shall: 323 1. Review all applications submitted during the application 324 window and determine the eligibility of each applicant; 325 2. Determine each applicant’s expected qualified 326 expenditures; 327 3. Determine the maximum tax credit each qualified 328 applicant may be awarded; 329 4. Determine whether a qualified applicant’s project is 330 deemed family friendly; 331 5. Determine the percentage of the applicant’s production, 332 if any, which is proposed to occur in an underutilized area; 333 6. Determine whether each qualified applicant is a 334 corporation registered in this state; 335 7. Contact each applicant with any questions, as necessary; 336 8. Gather any additional information needed to address the 337 criteria specified under subsection (6); 338 9. Assemble a package containing the details of each 339 qualified applicant’s project and deliver it to each council 340 member; and 341 10. Give notice to the council of the date and time when 342 the council must convene to assess each qualified project. The 343 council may meet in person or by conference call. 344 (e) The council shall determine a score for each qualified 345 project using the criteria specified under subsection (6), with 346 the highest scores going to projects determined to provide the 347 best economic impact and return on investment to this state. 348 (6) CRITERIA FOR DETERMINING PROJECT SCORES.— 349 (a) The priority order and scoring system of the criteria 350 specified in paragraph (b) must be determined by the 351 commissioner, with assistance from the council and other 352 persons, as determined by the commissioner, before the first 353 application window. 354 (b) The council shall use, at a minimum, the following 355 criteria in determining a qualified project’s score: 356 1. The amount of the project’s overall qualified 357 expenditures. 358 2. The amount of the project’s Florida-resident wages. 359 3. The number of full-time equivalent jobs created by the 360 project. 361 4. Whether the project provides pension, health, and 362 welfare benefits to its workforce in this state. 363 5. The estimated direct and indirect tourism benefit of the 364 project, based on the submitted distribution plan. 365 6. The duration of Florida-resident employment for the 366 project. 367 7. What percentage of the project, if any, is being made in 368 an underutilized area. 369 8. Whether the project is family friendly. 370 9. Whether the project has a Florida-resident writer, 371 producer, director, or star. 372 10. Whether a Florida film, television, or digital media 373 school will assist with the production of the project. 374 11. Whether the project leadership team has a successful 375 track record. 376 12. The number of Florida-resident veterans the project 377 will hire. 378 13. The number of Florida film school graduates the project 379 will hire as cast or crew. 380 (7) NOTIFICATION OF DECISION.— 381 (a) After the council determines a project’s score, the 382 commissioner shall, in a timely manner: 383 1. Make a final determination on certifying or rejecting 384 each qualified project, giving consideration to the council’s 385 scoring. 386 2. Provide a list of certified projects to the department 387 which includes the associated maximum tax credit that each 388 respective applicant may be awarded. 389 3. Notify each certified project of the specified 390 percentage of qualified expenditures for which it is eligible 391 and the maximum tax credit it may be awarded. 392 4. Provide a notice of rejection to each rejected 393 applicant; however, the failure to notify an applicant of its 394 rejection does not deem the applicant’s project a certified 395 project. 396 (b) Based on the final determination of the commissioner, 397 the department shall certify the project and its maximum tax 398 credit award, if any, to the applicant and to the executive 399 director of the Department of Revenue. 400 (8) VERIFICATION PROCESS.— 401 (a) The commissioner shall develop a process to verify the 402 actual qualified expenditures and bonus eligibility of a 403 certified project after the project’s work in this state is 404 complete. The process must require all of the following: 405 1. Submission to the commissioner of at least all of the 406 following information, electronically or in hard copy, or both, 407 by each certified project: 408 a. Data substantiating each qualified expenditure which has 409 been audited by an independent certified public accountant 410 licensed in this state, as required under subparagraph 4.; 411 b. Copies of documents verifying residency of persons 412 represented as being residents of this state, including an 413 affidavit signed by each resident; 414 c. The final script; 415 d. The most recent production board and shooting schedule; 416 e. The most recent credit list showing where the credits 417 required under subsection (9) will appear; 418 f. A cast list and a final crew list with contact 419 information; 420 g. For any veterans employed by the project, a copy of at 421 least one DD Form 214, as issued by the United States Department 422 of Defense, or another acceptable form of identification as 423 specified by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs; and 424 h. Any other information determined necessary by the 425 commissioner. 426 2. Signing, and submission to the commissioner, by the lead 427 producer or studio executive in charge of the certified project, 428 of an affidavit or a written declaration signed under the 429 penalty of perjury as specified in s. 92.525, Florida Statutes, 430 stating that all salaries, wages, and other compensation 431 submitted as qualified expenditures are in compliance with this 432 section. 433 3. The information and affidavit required by subparagraphs 434 1. and 2. must be received by the commissioner within 120 days 435 after the certified project has made its last qualified 436 expenditure but no later than 1 year after its production start 437 date. Pursuant to the rules adopted by the department, the 438 commissioner may, upon a showing of good cause, grant a one-time 439 extension of this deadline. 440 4. A compliance audit conducted at the certified project’s 441 expense by an independent certified public accountant who is a 442 resident of this state to substantiate the qualified 443 expenditures, and submission of a report of the audit findings, 444 including substantiating data, to the commissioner within a 445 reasonable period of time after the initial receipt of records 446 from the certified project. 447 (b) The commissioner shall review the report and data 448 required under paragraph (a) within a reasonable period of time 449 after receipt of the report and data and shall report to the 450 department the final verified amount of actual qualified 451 expenditures the certified project made and the amount of the 452 total tax credit award due the project. 453 (c) The department shall determine and approve the final 454 tax credit award amount to each certified applicant based on the 455 final verified amount of actual qualified expenditures and shall 456 notify the executive director of the Department of Revenue in 457 writing that the certified production has met the requirements 458 of the incentive program and of the final amount of the tax 459 credit award. The final tax credit award amount may not exceed 460 the maximum tax credit award amount certified under subparagraph 461 (7)(b). The tax credit must be issued within a reasonable period 462 of time. 463 (9) MARKETING AND TOURISM REQUIREMENT.— 464 (a) The commissioner shall ensure, as a condition of 465 receiving a tax credit under this section, that a certified 466 project includes marketing promoting this state as a tourist 467 destination or film and entertainment production destination. At 468 a minimum, the marketing must include placement in the end 469 credits of a “Filmed in Florida” or “Produced in Florida” logo, 470 with size and placement commensurate to other logos included in 471 the end credits, or, if no logos are used, the statement “Filmed 472 in Florida” or “Produced in Florida” or a similar statement 473 approved by the commissioner and the logo of the local film 474 office, if applicable. A digital media project must also supply 475 a 5-second or longer animated logo with “Produced in Florida” or 476 other text, including the logo of the local digital media 477 office, if applicable, as preapproved by the commissioner, in a 478 manner easily seen by a consumer of the digital media project. 479 The commissioner shall provide the logos for the purposes 480 specified in this paragraph, not including the logo for a local 481 office, which must be provided by the applicable office. 482 (b) A certified project must allow the commissioner, or an 483 affiliate, and a minimum of two guests to visit the production 484 site upon the request of the commissioner. Upon such request, 485 the certified project must give the commissioner reasonable 486 notice of a visit date and time that is acceptable to the 487 production. The commissioner or an affiliate is not required to 488 make a visit to the set. 489 (c) A certified project must provide at least five 490 preapproved photos of the production to the commissioner and 491 grant the commissioner free use of the photos in promoting this 492 state as a film, television, or digital media production 493 location or tourist destination. 494 (10) DISQUALIFICATION.—The department shall disqualify a 495 certified project and may not issue a tax credit award to the 496 project if the project: 497 (a) Does not begin principal photography in this state 498 within the period beginning 30 days before and ending 90 days 499 after the project’s listed production start date. Pursuant to 500 department rule, the commissioner may, upon a showing of good 501 cause, grant a one-time extension of this deadline; 502 (b) Does not abide by the policies, procedures, deadlines, 503 or requirements of the application verification process; 504 (c) Does not notify the commissioner of any change in the 505 production start date before commencing production; 506 (d) Submits fraudulent information; or 507 (e) Uses the state sales tax exemption established under s. 508 288.1258, Florida Statutes. 509 (11) FRAUD.—An applicant that submits fraudulent 510 information under this section is liable for reimbursement of 511 the reasonable costs and fees associated with the review, 512 processing, investigation, and prosecution of the fraudulent 513 submission. An applicant that obtains a tax credit award under 514 this section through a claim that is fraudulent shall reimburse 515 the program for the tax credit awarded and reasonable costs and 516 fees associated with the review, processing, investigation, and 517 prosecution of the fraudulent claim and shall pay a civil 518 penalty in an amount equal to double the tax credit amount and 519 any criminal penalty assessed against the applicant. 520 (12) ELECTION AND DISTRIBUTION OF TAX CREDITS.— 521 (a) A certified production company receiving a tax credit 522 award under this section shall, at the time the credit is 523 awarded by the department after production is completed and all 524 requirements to receive a credit award have been met, make an 525 irrevocable election to apply the credit against taxes due under 526 chapter 220, Florida Statutes; against state taxes collected or 527 accrued under chapter 212, Florida Statutes; or against a stated 528 combination of the two taxes. The election is binding upon any 529 distributee, successor, transferee, or purchaser. The department 530 shall notify the Department of Revenue of any election made 531 pursuant to this paragraph. 532 (b) A qualified production company is eligible for tax 533 credits against its sales and use tax liabilities and corporate 534 income tax liabilities as provided in this section. However, tax 535 credits awarded under this section may not be claimed against 536 sales and use tax liabilities or corporate income tax 537 liabilities for any tax period beginning before July 1, 2022, 538 regardless of when the credits are applied for or awarded. 539 (c) If the certified production company cannot use the 540 entire tax credit in the taxable year or reporting period in 541 which the credit is awarded, any excess amount may be carried 542 forward to a succeeding taxable year or reporting period. A tax 543 credit applied against taxes imposed under chapter 212, Florida 544 Statutes, or chapter 220, Florida Statutes, may be carried 545 forward for a maximum of 5 years after the date the credit is 546 awarded, after which the credit expires and may not be used. 547 (d) A certified production company that files a 548 consolidated return as a member of an affiliated group under s. 549 220.131(1), Florida Statutes, may use the credit on a 550 consolidated return basis up to the amount of the tax imposed 551 upon the consolidated group under chapter 220, Florida Statutes. 552 (e) A certified production company that is not a 553 corporation as defined in s. 220.03(1)(e), Florida Statutes, may 554 elect to distribute tax credits awarded under this section to 555 its partners or members in proportion to their respective 556 distributive income or loss in the taxable year in which the tax 557 credits were awarded. 558 (f) Tax credits available under this section to a certified 559 production company may succeed to a surviving or acquiring 560 entity subject to the same conditions and limitations as 561 described in this section; however, the credits may not be 562 transferred by the surviving or acquiring entity. 563 (13) TRANSFER OF TAX CREDITS.— 564 (a) Upon application to the Office of Film and 565 Entertainment and approval by the department, a certified 566 production company, or a partner or member of a certified 567 production company, that has received a distribution under 568 paragraph (4)(g) may elect to transfer, in whole or in part, any 569 unused credit amount granted under this section. An election to 570 transfer any unused tax credit amount under chapter 212, Florida 571 Statutes, or chapter 220, Florida Statutes, must be made no 572 later than 5 years after the date the credit is awarded, after 573 which period the credit expires and may not be used. The 574 department shall notify the Department of Revenue of the 575 election and transfer. The original transferee and any 576 subsequent transferees must be either the certified company’s 577 parent company or a subsidiary company or a business with NAICS 578 code 512110, 512120, 512191, 512199, 512240, 512250, 512290, 579 515120, 515210, 517410, 541922, 711130, 711410, or 711510. 580 (b) A certified production company that elects to apply a 581 credit amount against taxes remitted under chapter 212, Florida 582 Statutes, is allowed a one-time transfer of unused credits to 583 one transferee. A certified production company that elects to 584 apply a credit amount against taxes due under chapter 220, 585 Florida Statutes, is allowed a one-time transfer of unused 586 credits to no more than four transferees, and such transfers 587 must occur in the same taxable year. 588 (c) A transferee receiving a tax credit has the same rights 589 and is subject to the same limitations as the certified 590 production company awarded the tax credit except that a 591 transferee receiving a tax credit may not subsequently transfer 592 the tax credit. 593 (14) RELINQUISHMENT OF TAX CREDITS.— 594 (a) Beginning July 1, 2022, a certified production company, 595 or any person who has acquired a tax credit from a certified 596 production company, may elect to relinquish the tax credit to 597 the Department of Revenue in exchange for payment of 85 percent 598 of the amount of the relinquished tax credit. 599 (b) The Department of Revenue may approve payments to 600 entities relinquishing tax credits pursuant to this subsection. 601 (c) Subject to legislative appropriation, the Department of 602 Revenue shall request the Chief Financial Officer to issue 603 warrants to entities relinquishing tax credits. Payments under 604 this subsection shall be made from the funds from which the 605 proceeds from the taxes against which the tax credits could have 606 been applied pursuant to the irrevocable election made by the 607 certified production company under subsection (4) are deposited. 608 (15) ANNUAL ALLOCATION OF TAX CREDITS.— 609 (a) The aggregate amount of tax credits allocated to the 610 program shall equal, but not exceed: 611 1. For fiscal year 2022-2023, $20 million. 612 2. For fiscal year 2023-2024, $20 million. 613 3. For fiscal year 2024-2025, $20 million. 614 4. For fiscal year 2025-2026, $20 million. 615 (b) Any portion of the maximum amount of tax credits 616 established per fiscal year in paragraph (a) which is not 617 certified by the end of that fiscal year shall be carried 618 forward and made available for certification during the 619 following 2 fiscal years in addition to the amounts available 620 under paragraph (a) for those fiscal years. 621 (c) Upon approval of the final tax credit award amount 622 pursuant to paragraph (8)(c), an amount equal to the difference 623 between the maximum tax credit award amount previously certified 624 under subsection (7) and the approved final tax credit award 625 amount shall immediately be available for recertification during 626 the current and following fiscal years in addition to the 627 amounts available under paragraph (a) for those fiscal years. 628 (d) If the total amount of credits applied for during a 629 fiscal year pursuant to subsection (5) exceeds the amount of 630 credits available for certification in that fiscal year, such 631 excess shall be treated as having been applied for on the first 632 day of the next fiscal year in which credits remain available 633 for certification. 634 (16) RULES, POLICIES, AND PROCEDURES.—The department may 635 adopt rules and develop policies and procedures to implement and 636 administer this section, including, but not limited to, rules 637 specifying requirements for the application and approval 638 process, records required for substantiation for tax credits, 639 the manner and form of documentation required to claim tax 640 credits awarded, transferred, or relinquished under this 641 section, marketing requirements for tax credit recipients, and 642 the examination and audit procedures required to administer this 643 section. 644 (17) AUDIT AUTHORITY; REVOCATION AND FORFEITURE OF TAX 645 CREDITS; FRAUDULENT CLAIMS.— 646 (a) The Department of Revenue may conduct examinations and 647 audits as provided in s. 213.34 to verify that tax credits under 648 this section are received, transferred, and applied according to 649 the requirements of this section. If the Department of Revenue 650 determines that tax credits are not received, transferred, or 651 applied as required by this section, it may, in addition to the 652 remedies provided in this subsection, pursue recovery of such 653 funds pursuant to the laws and rules governing the assessment of 654 taxes. The Department of Revenue may adopt rules to administer 655 this paragraph. 656 (b) The department may revoke or modify any written 657 decision qualifying, certifying, or otherwise granting 658 eligibility for tax credits under this section if it is 659 discovered that the tax credit applicant submitted any false 660 statement, representation, or certification in any application, 661 record, report, plan, or other document filed in an attempt to 662 receive tax credits under this section. The department shall 663 immediately notify the Department of Revenue of any revoked or 664 modified orders affecting previously granted tax credits. 665 Additionally, the applicant must notify the Department of 666 Revenue of any change in its tax credit claimed. 667 (c) A determination by the Department of Revenue, as a 668 result of an audit pursuant to paragraph (a) or from information 669 received from the Office of Film and Entertainment, that an 670 applicant received tax credits pursuant to this section to which 671 the applicant was not entitled is grounds for forfeiture of 672 previously claimed and received tax credits. The applicant is 673 responsible for returning forfeited tax credits to the 674 Department of Revenue, and such funds shall be paid into the 675 General Revenue Fund of the state. Tax credits purchased in good 676 faith are not subject to forfeiture unless the transferee 677 submitted fraudulent information in the purchase or failed to 678 meet the requirements in subsection (13). 679 (18) ANNUAL REPORT.—Each November 1, the commissioner shall 680 provide an annual report on the program for the previous fiscal 681 year to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the 682 Speaker of the House of Representatives. The report must 683 identify the return on investment associated with, and economic 684 benefits to this state attributable to, the program. 685 (19) FUNDS NOT SUBJECT TO REVERSION.—Notwithstanding s. 686 216.301, Florida Statutes, funds appropriated for this purpose 687 are not subject to reversion. 688 (20) EXPIRATION.— The Targeted High Wage Production Program 689 expires June 30, 2026, at which point all remaining appropriated 690 funds not earmarked and set aside for certified projects must 691 revert to the General Revenue Fund. All remaining appropriated 692 funds must revert to the General Revenue Fund no later than 693 October 31, 2027. 694 Section 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law.