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Frequently Asked Questions

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

Useful Contacts

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


Contact Canada Revenue Agency with questions about tax credit claims:

  • 604-666-7911 (Vancouver)

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, 2015.

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

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 example, for driving a car)

Products that are not intended to be used interactively, such as blogs, online magazines and newspapers, and slide show, video or PowerPoint presentations, 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.

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 submitting it with your T2 Corporation Income Tax Return.

You will also need to submit Schedule 5, Tax Calculation Supplementary – Corporations with your T2 Corporation Income Tax Return; enter the amount of the credit you are claiming on line 680.

Legislation

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