Tax Incentives for Arts and Cultural Organizations

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Many countries use tax legislation as a cultural policy instrument. This includes tax incentives for arts organizations and their benefactors. This chapter analyzes what a tax incentive is, what its positive and negative sides are, and how governments use it to support the arts and cultural organizations. Tax incentives for giving, the possibility of paying tax with art, reduced value added tax rates for art, and exemptions from customs duties are discussed specifically, including cross-border situations. These incentives may have a significant impact on the funding strategy and financial situation of cultural organizations. Not applying the incentives correctly may not only lead to problems with the tax administration but also have negative reputational effects. For those reasons it is important that cultural organizations are aware of these tax incentives and the applicable requirements. Conversely, tax legislators and judges do not always take into account research and doctrine on the arts, leading to a denial of the art status to various forms of contemporary art. This chapter aims to add to mutual understanding and to exchanges of ideas between the arts and lawyers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Arts and Cultural Management
EditorsYuha Jung, Neville Vakharia, Marilena Vecco
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9780197621646, 9780197621622
ISBN (Print)9780197621615
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jun 2024

Publication series

SeriesOxford Handbooks

Research programs

  • SAI 2007-05 FA


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