Video Games Tax Relief (VGTR)

Video game developers can claim a deduction on their taxable profits if they meet the specific Video Games Tax Relief (VGTR)criteria.

Claiming a relief from HMRC

Video Games Tax Relief (VGTR) was first introduced in 2013. Video game developers must pass a cultural test, managed by the British Film Institute (BFI), to be eligible for claiming the relief – with the intention of supplying the game to the public for sale.

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Who qualifies for VGTR?

In contrast to Film Production Tax Relief (FPTR) and Television Production Tax Relief (TPTR), at least 25% of core expenditure must be incurred on goods or services provided from within the UK/EU. For Video Games Tax Relief (VGTR), ‘core expenditure’ includes expenditure incurred on designing, producing, and testing the game. VGTR cannot be claimed on games that are produced for advertising or promotional purposes or the purposes of gambling.

What is the benefit of VGTR?

As with Film Production Tax Relief (FPTR) and Television Production Tax Relief (TPTR), an additional Video Games Tax Relief (VGTR) deduction can be claimed to reduce taxable profits or increase a loss. If a loss is generated following the claim, some or all of this loss can be surrendered for a payable tax credit of 25%. The deduction will be the lower of 80% of total expenditure or the amount of core expenditure incurred in the UK or EU.


Where can I get tax advice?

Our tax consultancy team at WR Partners is able to provide tax advice on a wide range of taxes.

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Tax advice can cover income tax or corporation tax advice on your business profits as well as VAT on business transactions. It can include capital gains tax or stamp duty land tax advice on disposing of a property as well as inheritance tax when you pass assets on to others.

Is tax advice confidential?

Absolutely – we never share tax advice provided to our clients with third parties unless the client specifically requests that we do so.

Can I claim financial advice as a tax deduction?

That will depend on the nature of the advice – there is no hard and fast rule, unfortunately.

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What are the types of property tax in the UK?

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Is there a difference between English and Welsh tax systems?

For income tax, the Welsh Government is able to vary the income tax rate to a point. To date, they have chosen to keep the same rate as for taxpayers in England. This means that Welsh taxpayers should identify which country they are paying tax in, in order to pay to the right authority. This can be done through your PAYE code but also it is declared in your self-assessment tax return. There are also differences between the English Stamp Duty Land Tax and the Welsh Land Transaction tax.

How do I reduce my tax?

There are a variety of ways to mitigate a tax charge. Depending on your circumstances this might be by claiming a particular relief or expense against your taxable income or reducing the tax you pay because some types of income or gains attract lower tax rates.

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