Orchestra tax relief

The Orchestra tax relief applies to expenditure after 31 March 2016.

Updated 30 June 2019

The orchestra tax relief operates on a similar basis to other creative tax credits, with an additional deduction of up to 80% of total qualifying expenditure. To the extent that this results in a loss, it can be surrendered for a ‘payable tax credit’ at the rate of 25%.

Key features of the relief include:

Notable exclusions include:

Qualifying companies can claim for an orchestral concert or a series of such concerts, either:

An additional tax deduction of 100% of…

or, if a loss is surrendered: 25% of the loss up to the amount of the lesser of EEA qualifying expenditure and 80% of qualifying expenditure

An orchestral concert means a concert by an orchestra, ensemble, group or band consisting wholly or mainly of instrumentalists who are the primary focus of the concert.

Qualifying expenditure does not include:

The maximum payable in the case of any undertaking is 50m Euros per year.


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