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E.C. Valdemar
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Hey guys, I'm interested this year in taking my performance from the streets to restaurants and private parties. I've learned quite a lot about getting hired, talking w/ management, etc. -- but I haven't heard too much about how to handle taxes as a freelance entertainer. What do I need to know before getting hired? Someone brought up talking to an accountant who also handles taxes -- this sounds like it could be expensive in and of it's self? Can someone here share what the cheapest plan would be?
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Are you an IRS represenetive?
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E.C. Valdemar
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On 2008-05-15 09:51, Al Angello wrote:
Are you an IRS represenetive?


Geez god!!! NO!
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Talking to an accountant shouldn't cost you more than about $100 tops, and should save you plenty of time, money and aggravation in the future.

He/she can tell you what you need to do, and show you how to set up a simple bookkeeping system that tracks all the info you will need at tax time (especially the deductions). And with good records, you can see what shows/clients brought in the most money, where your big expenses were, then concentrate your efforts in those areas, so you can work smarter, not harder.

I think you'll find it's money well spent, plus it may help to keep Uncle Sam from knocking on your door with an income tax audit or penalties for failure to file quarterly withholding statements, etc. SETH
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Wade Live
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Uncle Sam.... I ended up forming a C - Corporation out of Nevada. I now pay and have to follow their tax laws as long as I place the monies earned through my bank in Nevada. Have I said 2 much already?? haha!

Deff looking Nevada Corps.... Their GREAT!!

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No disrespect to Wade and his "C" Corporation, but as somebody else has already wisely said on this subject, you should get your tax advice from an accountant, not other magicians. Besides, everyone's financial situation is different. SETH
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Talk to your local Chamber of Commerce. They often have workshops or other help for people who are starting a small business, and it can be very helpful. Just make sure that whoever you talk with understands that yours IS a small business, not a mega-corporation.

Actually, on that note, I've had a couple of conversations with the IRS on routine stuff, and they were very helpful and friendly. Blew me away. I even told one of them so. And later on, when I had to talk with the telephone company... well... let's just say I spoke with a supervisor and told him I'd received better service from the IRS. Smile
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A great place to find general answers is http://www.thetaxmagician.com. Steve Snyder is a working magician, a CPA and the author of several excellent tax guides specifically aimed at the working magician. He also sends out periodic emails with business and tax tips that really help.

Steve will also answer specific questions that may be bothering you. Drop him an email.

Steve will tell you himself - he can help you make sense of the business and tax issues encountered by magicians, but consult with a local accountant and tax office for detailed local requirements.
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I file all my earnings on a Schedule C at tax time.
For both state and federal taxes.
You are allowed certain deductions as a performer. You will be surprised what you can deduct and what you can't.

Steve Snyder will answer all your questions.
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