Children’s TV and Animation Tax Reliefs

Animation and children’s television tax relief is available on qualifying UK core production expenditure on the lower of either 80% of the total core expenditure or the actual UK core expenditure incurred.

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Accessing children's TV and animation tax relief

In order to access children’s TV and animation tax relief the programme must meet all of the following criteria:

  • It must qualify as British by either passing the Children’s Television Cultural Test or qualify as an official co-production (with treaty partners that allow for television).
  • The programme must be intended for broadcast (this includes the internet).
  • At least 51% of the total core expenditure must be on animation.
  • At least 10% of the core expenditure must be UK expenditure.
  • The children’s television production company (CTPC) responsible for the programme needs to be within the UK corporation tax net.
  • The programme must not be one of the excluded programmes (a list of excluded programmes can be found on HMRC’s website). Gameshows will qualify if the prize total does not exceed £1,000.
  • The primary target audience of the programme will be under the age of 15 years old.

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    Children’s TV and Animation Tax Reliefs
    David Gibbs | Alliotts



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    David is an International Corporate Tax specialist. He has over 30 years’ experience in providing commercially focused tax advice and support to a wide range of clients, from technology start-ups to large inward investing corporates.

    A qualified Chartered Accountant, David went on to qualify as a Chartered Tax Adviser and prior to joining Alliotts as a partner in 2014 he held the position of tax partner in Grant Thornton and subsequently in PwC.

    David focuses on providing strategic tax advice to entrepreneurs and privately owned businesses. By investing time in understanding clients and their businesses he is able to provide advice which is practical and appropriate to clients’ circumstances in order to keep taxes to a sensible minimum. He advises on a wide range of taxes including transaction planning, UK outbound and inbound structuring, corporate tax, technology tax reliefs, investor and shareholder planning, capital gains tax and LLPs. David advises both UK and overseas business owners on international tax planning.

    David also specialises in advising individuals and businesses in the media sector on UK film tax credits, video games tax reliefs and other creative sector tax incentives. He also advises on EIS and SEIS.


    Samuel Ampah | Alliotts


    Junior Manager - Media Sector

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    Samuel is a key member of Alliotts Media team, working with production companies and helping produce their accounts. He regularly presents at third party webinars and workshops on a range of areas of interest to media businesses, ranging from tax incentives, accounting and growing a business.

    Samuel is a Trustee of Mama Youth Project and is a member of the Production Guild’s Diversity and Inclusion Group

    As a member of our accounts team Samuel also works with a wide range of UK based and international clients across a variety of sectors. Samuel’s primary role involves delivering accounting, management reporting, VAT and cash flow reporting services to clients. By working closely with Alliotts partners the information Sam provides helps clients ensure that they remain compliant with their filing deadlines and have the financial data they need to make key decisions.


    “Samuel is a safe pair of hands, with a robust and thorough understanding of all areas of accounting and finance relating to the film sector. He’s also a great speaker, with a knack for putting clients at ease, and explaining (sometimes complex) financial strategies and considerations in a way that is both concise and accessible.”

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