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Frequently Asked


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from Artists
across America

Have you ever asked any of these questions?

"My hobby is oil painting, and I sold a few pieces last year. Am I required to pay any taxes?"

"As a professional artist, should I write off all my expenses for the studio in my home? How do I do that and not get into trouble?"

"Aren't dues and publications deductible anymore? I don't see a line for it on Schedule C."

"My tax preparer says I should not deduct my automobile expenses or my business meals on my income tax return. How come?"

It was because of questions like these that I first started writing the Do-It-Yourself Quick-Fix TaxKits in 1994. I found myself being asked the same questions over and over again, questions I had already addressed in my accountancy monograph in 1987 and would later in my tax law dissertation in 1997 - even questions from countless C.P.A.'s who had no knowledge of the Creative Property Exclusion of 1988 or the individual artist's sales tax responsibilities. I have long believed the resources on taxation for visual artists to be grossly inadequate so I designed this series of tax and business guides to try to meet the various needs of self-employed painters, sculptors, and other visual artists.

My knowledge of the Tax Code requires that I regularly update my concise, easy-to-use TaxKits with the latest tax rules. But it is my work as an artist with a history of art sales for over 43 years that gives me a better understanding of the artist's plight when it comes to business and taxation. I invite you to look at both sides of my career, starting with the website below.

Barbara A. Sloan, BFA, JD

AKAS II publications and services do not contain legal or tax advice. The publications are designed to contain accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter covered, but they are sold with the understanding that its author and the publisher are not engaged in rendering legal, accounting, or other professional services. If any legal advice or other expert assistance is required, the services of a competent professional person should be sought. While every effort has been made to provide accurate information, neither the author nor the publisher can be held liable for any errors or omissions. The publisher does not guarantee or warrant that the readers who use the information provided in these publications will achieve similar results to those discussed.

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