UKIE has made its final recommendations for UK tax credits to the government, with the trade body’s CEO stating that there are further areas on the scheme which still need addressed.
According to the trade body’s CEO Jo Twist, it is “vital” tha the new tax relief system is offered “right from the very start.”
“The new system needs to reflect how games are made today and support businesses, big and small,” said Twist. “Whilst the proposed legislation looks good, we have pored over it in detail and talked with all parts of the industry to make sure it will operate as effectively for them as possible.
“We urge government to seriously consider the points made in our response, so that we have a system that will really help us compete more effectively with Canada, for example, as the best place to make and sell games and interactive entertainment.”
UKIE said it wants to see a review for the tax plan after the first year, it wants to make sure that games for the education sector as well as training are included, and it wants games defined as software in legislation, among other requests.
Regarding the cultural tests proposed in December, UKIE wants to make sure those doing the assessments “have the right understanding of the industry,” and that even without a “clear narrative,” the games can be “judged on concept.”
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