June 1, 2013  • Events & Media

photo-12What a wonderful Saturday at the Rosewood Arts Center in the lovely City of Kettering, just south of Dayton, Ohio. My presentation, “Taxes for Artists,” offered during back-to-back breakout sessions was full of spirited, enthusiastic artists who asked great questions and shared amazing experiences.

The other presenters were incredible, the marketplace session offered a respite from the technical sessions, and the venue — a former elementary school converted to a community arts center — sported a fantastic energy. Pam Adams‘s work filled the lobby, examples of student work covered the windows, and sculptures decorated the premises inside and out.

During the sessions, I talked about the five most common tax questions I hear from artists, clients, colleagues, and friends (in no particular order).

  • Why do I owe taxes? I hardly made any money!
  • Wait — Do I have to collect sales tax on that?
  • Is this deductible?
  • What do you mean supplies may not be deductible when I buy them?
  • All my receipts are crumpled in this box. Is that okay?

The handout I provided listed additional resources from the IRS and others that I’ve found useful, as well as a few current articles about tax issues for freelancers and artists.

I promised online access to my presentation and the handout, and links to both are below.

As ever, this information is provided for educational purposes only and may not be relied upon as professional advice. If you need some tax help, make sure to talk to someone with specific knowledge of your circumstances.


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