Upcoming Tax Workshops for Artists


Working on your taxes already? Find an artist tax workshop near you. Also, be sure to check out the March issue of Art Calendar for more helpful tax tips.


For the Artist: Lowering Your Tax Bill with Joe Wujcik

Date: January 23, 2010, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Location: Fallbrook, CA

Cost: Free

Artists and their accountants often overlook deductions that can save you money on income taxes. This class will present the information the artist, craftsperson, and their accountant need to maximize your savings. Sponsored by Fallbrook School of the Arts. Contact Brigitte Schlemmer at 760-728-6383, or visit www.fallbrookschoolofthearts.org.

Tax Tips Specifically for Artists

Date: January 27, 2010, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Location: Los Angeles

Cost: $35 for members of Center for Cultural Innovation; $40 for non-members

This timely three-hour workshop provides important information for anyone who is self-employed, but is especially geared towards artists, writers, performers, and dancers. Topics to be covered include, but are not limited to: being an employee vs. being self-employed, having a Hobby vs. having a Business, how to keep records to protect yourself in case of an audit, the difference between expenses for employees an those for self-employed people, understanding self-employment taxes and taking advantage of various deductions including entertainment, research, automobile and other expenses unique to artists. Visit http://www.cciarts.org/losangeles.htm to register.


Sales Tax and Small Business Taxation for Artists

Date: January 21, 2010, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Location: Kansas City, MO

Cost: Free to KCVLAA members; $10 for non-members

In this workshop, you’ll learn the basic requirements for reporting sales tax in Missouri and Kansas, and learn some basics for reporting the income from your arts business to taxing authorities. Please pre-register for classes by emailing your name, phone number, and address to [email protected]. Type the class title in the subject line. Visit http://www.kcvlaa.org/workshops for more information.

Artist as Bookkeeper

Date: January 25, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Location: St. Louis, MO

Cost: Unknown

Nancy Starnes, CPA, will guide you through the tax maze and offer suggestions that could save you money and a lot of aggravation. Call 314-863-6930, or visit http://www.vlaa.org/index.php?view=Workshops.


Tax Basics for Artists

Date: February 11, 2010

Location: Glen Falls, NY

Cost: $10 for LARAC members/ $15 non-members

CPA Joseph P. LaFiura will share information with artists about completing tax returns, helping to gain a clear understanding as is appropriate to write off, along with more information about deductible expenses. This workshop will also review areas of special concern for working artists, including proof of professional status, preparing yourself for the potential of an audit, and when to consider incorporation. To be held at: Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council (LARAC), 7 Lapham Place, Glen Falls, NY 12801. For registration and questions, call 518-798-1144 ext. 2, or e-mail [email protected]. Visit www.larac.org for more information.


Individual Income Tax Seminar for Artists

Dates: Tuesday, February 9, 2010 (6 p.m. to 8 p.m.), and Saturday, March 6, 2010 (10 a.m. to 12 p.m.)

Location: Houston, TX

Cost: Free to members and non-members

TALA is pleased to offer two seminars this tax season for individuals needing information on filing individual tax returns and answers to tax questions. These seminars are structured with artists in mind and will address common concerns artists may have about hobby loss, and other IRS regulations pertaining to creative practice. To be held at: Art League Houston Education Building, Bomar Street and Montrose Boulevard, 1953 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX 77006-1243. Pre-registration required. Download form here.


Oregon College of Art & Craft Workshop: Taxes for Artists

Date: January 30, 2010, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Artists face some unique tax situations. Through the use of clear examples, students will explore income tax reporting, deciding if it is a hobby or a business; determining employee or independent contractor status; business, expenses, depreciation and other deductions. In addition, students will investigate which tax forms to use and how to report their income and deductions. No prerequisite. Location: OCAC Fibers Classroom. 1:00-4:00PM. Presenter: Michael Davidson of A&E Tax Service and member of Northwest Lawyers and Artists (NWLA). Visit http://www.racc.org/resources/130-oregon-college-art-craft-workshop-taxes-artists to register.


Annual Evening Tax Workshop for Artists and the Attorneys Representing Them

Date: February 24, 2010 (7 p.m. to 10 p.m.)

Location: Seattle, WA

Cost: In advance: $40 attorneys and paralegals; $15 artists and students;

At the door: $45 attorneys and paralegals; $20 artists and students

Depreciation, capital gains, deductions, W-2s, 1099s! Having trouble keeping track of it all? Neil Sussman’s popular tax workshop is back to guide artists and their attorneys through yet another season of gains, losses, formulas and forms. Learn all the basics you need, plus special tips and what’s new for your 2009 tax return. Sponsored by Washington Lawyers for the Arts

Click here for registration link and to see other workshops offered by WLA.

To submit a workshop for inclusion on this list, please e-mail us at [email protected].