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
"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.