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Sun Jun 12, 2016, 08:05 AM

Broadway Wants Longer Tax Break as ‘Hamilton’ Prints Money

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The industry, which will celebrate its success this weekend at the Tony Awards, is fighting to keep a provision that allows live-theater backers deductions in a show’s first year. That means they’d pay tax on income only after turning a profit. The provision passed in 2015, yet needs to be extended by Congress this year to survive.

In an industry where four of five performances close without recouping startup costs, producers say such a sweetener will keep the hits coming. While the provision was tacked onto a list of tax breaks last year at the behest of New York Senator Charles Schumer, there’s no guarantee it will be continued, producers and their lobbyists say. Some lawmakers don’t like the idea. Nor do advocates of tax cuts, who say such breaks make it more difficult to reduce the burden on everyone else

Read the whole article at: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-06-10/broadway-wants-tax-break-extended-as-hamilton-enriches-backers

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