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ALBANY - (Updated with comment from business groups)
New Yorkers gave “Orange Is the New Black” a tax break of nearly $10 million last year while “Nurse Jackie” received a $6.5 million tax break, according to a state report.
Those tax breaks were part of $27.3 million issued in the fourth quarter of 2014 for TV and movie productions. The state program provides $420 million in tax breaks annually to productions that film or do production work in the state.
For the first time, the state has identified specific TV shows and the tax break they received. The greater disclosure effective late last year is required under a 2013 law for the TV and film credits.
Before, the TV shows and films were only given identification numbers. The list was posted to the Empire State Development Corp. website last week.
Other tax credits included $2.3 million for “Babylon Fields,” a TV pilot about zombies on NBC. “Orange is the New Black” plays on Netflix and “Nurse Jackie” plays on Showtime.
The news was first reported by Gannett News Service.
In the fourth quarter, the Empire State Development agency decided that 29 applications, including 17 films and 10 TV series, were eligible for tax credits.
The credits have long been criticized by some nationwide as ineffective. Louisiana and other states have been reconsidering the credits and their cost to taxpayers.
"It's outrageous the governor is handing massive tax incentives to his friends in Hollywood while small businesses receive scraps and the blunt end of his progressive agenda," said Mike Durant of the National Federation of Independent Business.