ELSPA will make enquiries over tax break, remains sceptical
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ELSPA will make enquiries over tax break but remains sceptical
ENQUIRIES WILL be made about recent allegations of sabotage of tax breaks for videogame developers, ELSPA has said. But the group remains sceptical about the reports and asserts that it will accept nothing less than solid evidence.
“We’ll certainly make enquiries but it’s highly unlikely anyone will admit to lobbying against tax relief for the industry,” Michael Rawlinson told Gamesindustry.biz.
“If we see some hard evidence then we’ll listen to that, but there’s certainly not going to be a witch hunt.”
Develop reported yesterday that a major global publisher had been involved in secret talks to pressure the government’s decision on games tax relief but did not publish any names or the identity of the publisher.
Industry heads were let down by the announcement in Tuesday’s emergency budget that the tax break proposed by Labour would not be implemented. But government ministers claim it is a necessary step.
“I am disappointed that we were unable to go ahead with a tax break for video games,” said Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture.
“The Government remain absolutely committed to supporting the Video Games Industry which offers so much to this country but because of the hugely difficult economic circumstances the plans for a tax break can no longer go ahead.”