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Okay actors- it’s just about time to stop procrastinating and go ahead and tackle that pile of receipts, 1099s, W2s and bank statements. It can be intimidating, and sometimes the numbers are scary, but have no fear. There is help. So, we aren’t accountants, and we tend to get mighty confused along with the best of ‘em when confronting a tax conundrum. But here’s where we recommend you go to get good solid info about what you can deduct, and for just some good solid tax advice.

And need we remind you that a website is TOTALLY deductible? It is a business expense, after all, so go get one!

Online advice:

An accountant responds to the top actor questions, here.
Advice about accurate receipt keeping in Backstage.


Just saw this at the bookstore today, and it looked super helpful- it’s available at Amazon (linked below):
New Tax Guide for Writers, Artists, Performers & Other Creative People, by Peter Jason Riley
The author also has a blog.

For in person help (for those of you in unions):

VITA provides free tax help to AEA, AFTRA and SAG members. In New York, office hours are Mondays, Wednesdays – Fridays from 11 am to 4 pm. VITA is located at 165 West 46th St and is NEVER opened on Tuesdays.
Screen Actors Guild’s Tax Assistance Program

(SAG-TAP), provides a members only program offering tax assistance specifically for actors. The SAG-TAP program is best contacted via email:
The SAG Foundation also offers LifeRaft seminars on the same subject, and those workshops are available to AEA, AFTRA, AGVA & SAG members.

Not in a union? Well no problem. There are great finance workshops out there.

In New York, The Field has various helpful seminars, including “Finance Basics for Artists”
Fractured Atlas
provides all kinds of workshops, and great online advice through Fractured U.


Sometimes, it helps to get some dedicated help- there are tons of artist friendly accountants out there. Personally, we love these affordable accountants: Fox Tax, LLC. TurboTax is also super easy to use!

Good Luck! And soon enough you’ll be wiping your hands of it all, and well equipped for next year!