(1) For the purpose of complying with 15-31-1006(3)(a), MCA, the verification report must include sufficient detail for the department to verify the accuracy of the expenditures and compensation used in the computation of any production or postproduction credit base or base investment, as described in this subchapter, and that the application is free from material misstatements.
(2) The verification report described in 15-31-1006, MCA, must be issued by a certified public accountant (CPA) authorized to practice in Montana who must be unrelated to the production or postproduction company filing the media credit application to which the verification report relates.
(a) The CPA certification that a person is unrelated, as required under
15-31-1006(2)(a), MCA, must also include the disclosure of any transactions for which the CPA has been retained as a consultant or an intermediary pertaining to any future transfers of the tax credit; including name and address of the parties.
(b) "Unrelated" means that the CPA is not:
(i) an employee of the production or postproduction company;
(ii) a holder of an interest directly or indirectly in the production or postproduction company. An indirect interest is an interest held by a spouse, lineal ascendant, lineal descendant, siblings, including step-brothers or step-sisters, step-children and step-grandchildren;
(iii) an employee of a firm, if one of the owners or associates of the firm holds direct or indirect interest in the production or postproduction company; or
(iv) a recipient of compensation for the verification of the costs that is not commensurate with industry standards.
(3) The verification report must be submitted to the department through its online portal and must meet the requirements under 15-31-1006, MCA.