Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit

The interactive digital media tax credit (IDMTC) is for eligible registered corporations that develop interactive digital media products in B.C. after August 31, 2010 and before September 1, 2018.

The credit is calculated as 17.5% of eligible salary and wages incurred in the tax year.

Budget 2017 proposes to amend the IDMTC program to:  

  • Expand the credit to include augmented and virtual reality products designed to entertain. Eligible salary and wages must be incurred on or after February 22, 2017.
    • augmented reality products are products that augment the user’s perception of reality by superimposing digital information onto the user’s field of view
    • virtual reality products are products that allow the user to experience a virtual reality
    • the tax credit does not apply to films or videos that provide the user with limited immersion, such as 360°, 270 ĚŠ, and 180° videos, spherical videos and panoramic videos
  • Allow eligible business corporations participating in the Small Business Venture Capital Program to claim the credit for tax years that end on or after February 22, 2017.
  • Allow corporations whose annual qualifying B.C. labour expenses exceed $2 million to claim the credit, even if their principal business is not the development of interactive digital media products, for tax years that end on or after February 22, 2017.

An interactive digital media product (IDM product) is designed to be used interactively by an individual and:

  • consists of a combination of application files and data files, in a digital format, that are integrated and are intended to be operated together,
  • is designed primarily to educate, inform or entertain the user,
  • is capable of presenting information in at least two of the following forms:
    • text
    • sound
    • images
  • is intended to be used interactively by individuals, and
  • is developed in British Columbia

but does not include a prescribed product.

Some examples of IDM products are:

  • Video games
  • Educational software
  • Edutainment products
  • Simulators

For the purpose of the IDMTC, products that are not intended to be used interactively, such as blogs, online magazines or newspapers, slide shows, videos or PowerPoint presentations, video streaming applications, and social media products are not IDM products.

Registration

Your corporation must register with the Ministry of Finance for each tax year that it wants to claim the IDMTC.  To register, complete the Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit Application for Registration (FIN 568) (PDF) and submit the application together with supporting documents and the application fee to the address provided on the form.

  • See the related guide for assistance in completing the application.

If your corporation is being represented by another person, such as an accountant, tax preparer or solicitor, you must complete the Authorization for the Interactive Digital Media tax Credit Registration (FIN 570) (PDF) before we can discuss any matter with your corporation's representative. An authorization is valid until the ministry receives a change or cancelation from the authorized signing authority in writing.

You can register prior to, during or after the tax year; however, start the registration process early enough to meet the deadline to claim the credit.

Claiming the Credit

Claim the credit no later than 18 months after the end of the tax year in which the eligible salaries and wages are incurred.  The credit is fully refundable, but is first applied against total income tax payable. There are no carry-back or carry-forward provisions.

Claim the credit by completing Schedule 429, British Columbia Interactive Digital Media Tax Credit and then entering the amount of the credit on line 680 of Schedule 5, Tax Calculation Supplementary – Corporations. You'll need to submit both schedules with your T2 Corporation Income Tax Return.

Legislation

The following legislation applies to the interactive digital media tax credit program:

Useful Contacts

Contact us with your questions about program registration or technical questions on eligibility and policy:


Contact Canada Revenue Agency with questions about tax credit claims:

  • 1 866 317-0473, Ext. 5 (Vancouver)

Frequently Asked Questions

Get answers to your questions about the interactive digital media tax credit.

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