Tax Credit Workshop for Documentary Filmmakers

Tax Credit Workshop

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Post at 750 (110 – 750 Hamilton St)

DOC BC, in partnership with Creative BC, is excited to present a Tax Credit Workshop for documentary filmmakers. This four-hour, nuts-and-bolts workshop will include sessions with Creative BC VP Robert Wong and tax credit expert Debbi-Jo Matias (CPA, CA). Topics covered will include tax credit eligibility, tax credit applications (BC and Federal), calculating tax credits and making a tax credit claim, pitfalls and tips for first-timers, as well as case studies. Creative BC will also present a short info session about their services at the start of the workshop.

Bring your calculator and your questions!



12:30 PM – Doors Open

1:00 PM – 2:45 PM – Creative BC

2:45 PM – 3:15 PM – Snack and coffee break (included with ticket)

3:15 PM – 4:30 PM – Debbi-Jo Matias

4:30 PM – 5:00PM – Q&A



General Admission $40 (Not a member? Join DOC today!)

DOC BC Members $15


Special guests

Robert Wong

Vice President, Creative BC

After working for several years in a Vancouver chartered accounting firm, Robert first joined Creative BC when it was BC Film + Media. At that time, he became part of the organization’s newly forming tax credit team.

Now Creative BC’s Vice President, Robert markets British Columbia internationally as a destination of choice for projects and companies seeking a world class creative industries centre in which to do business. In his role, he leads the administration of Creative BC’s tax credit and granting programs, balancing attraction of international business with support for BC’s domestic content creators.

During his tenure with the organization, Robert has become the expert on motion picture tax credits, originally helping to launch the BC film and television tax credit program in 1998. He went on to play an integral role in the evolution of British Columbia’s motion picture industry tax policy.


Debbi-Jo Matias

Chartered Professional Accountant

Debbi-Jo Matias, CPA, CA is a proactive chartered professional accountant helping business owners; from film producers to greenhouse operators, who desire wealth for themselves and their families, and to build a legacy. Debbi-Jo provides audit and review engagements, tax returns, film tax credit preparation and filing, and acts as a liaison with CRA auditors and other regulatory organizations.

Debbi-Jo was certified as a Chartered Accountant after obtaining a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from the University of Manitoba majoring in accounting and small business. She is frequently asked to speak to groups of small business owners on matters related to income taxes and film tax credits and has been interviewed for small business articles for the Globe and Mail. She is a supporter of women in business as a mentor for The Forum for Women Entrepreneurs BC and a resource for Women in Film and TV Vancouver.

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