The Arts Council has today launched new support and guidance for claiming Museums and Galleries Exhibition Tax Relief (MGETR).

The service, which will initially run for six months, is hoped to enable more organisations to benefit from the relief. It has been designed to address some of the common questions and misconceptions associated with the tax relief via a step-by-step guide to preparing and making a claim.

Companies based in England are also being offered a new helpdesk service, which will provide access to expert guidance from consulting service RSM, which is delivering the service for the Arts Council.

The MGETR relief was introduced by the UK Government in 2017 to support museums and galleries to develop new exhibitions and display collections to a wider audience. The rates of relief were temporarily increased in 2021 in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The relief is eligible to charitable companies, or a company wholly owned by a charity or local authority, which is responsible for maintaining a museum or gallery.

The Museums and Galleries Exhibition Tax Relief is the eighth in a series of creative reliefs introduced by the government, designed to support organisations to create and tour public facing exhibitions by helping them to recover some of their production costs.

More details on the process of applying can be found on the Arts Council website.

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