Part IV: Critics Question Costs

Credit: Alessandro Marazzi Sassoon (State Affairs)

Key Points
  • Hundreds of movies and TV shows filmed in Georgia since 2005 have drummed up more than $24 billion in economic activity.
  • Supporters trace the film industry’s local boom to tax credits worth billions of dollars.
  • Critics say film out-of-state companies benefit too much by selling tax credits to the tune of $2.9 billion since 2016.
Amid the rosy picture, Georgia’s film credits have faced stiff criticism from some local tax analysts and economics experts, including a pair of harsh reports from the state’s own internal auditing department. Last year, state auditors questioned whether economic-development officials had inflated the film industry’s spending impacts by several billion dollars – a charge that drew swift backlash ...