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State tax credits are valuable tools for helping meet the costs of producing films, TV shows, commercials, and other media and entertainment productions. To entice production companies to work locally — and depending on its particular tax-credit program — a state may allow production companies to use the credits to pay tax liabilities to that state, as collateral for loans and even to sell the credits to third parties.