Mission Statement

Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts (TALA) provides Texas artists and arts organizations with legal and accounting assistance to enable them to maximize their potential, shape our cultural landscape, and contribute to the creative economy.

TALA provides individualized volunteer legal and accounting services to financially qualified artists and arts nonprofits, hosts educational seminars and clinics, and produces educational materials to increase business knowledge in the arts.

TALA was formed in 1979 to meet the legal and accounting needs of artists and arts nonprofits. Our services include lawyer and accountant pro bono assistance, dispute resolution services, and educational programs for the artistic and business community. Programs are designed to help artists apply legal and accounting concepts for their benefit.

Your membership dollars provide for TALA's small staff, office facilities, and the insurance coverage necessary to coordinate and support TALA volunteers. TALA does not represent individuals or organizations before courts, arbitration panels, administrative proceedings, or other governmental bodies. TALA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts proudly acknowledges the following patrons for their generous sponsorship of the programs and clinics that support our mission to serve the Texas creative economy.

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Houston Endowment
Intel
Austin Cultural Arts Division
Texas Commission on the Arts

Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts Moves to Austin

Move Heralds Revamped Operations, Closer to State Resources;  Statewide Mission to Assist Artists Continues

As of October 1, 2013, Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts (TALA)—an organization that aims to help meet the legal and accounting needs of artists and arts-nonprofits—is now headquartered in Austin. TALA continues to provide educational programs and legal clinics in Houston, Dallas, and other parts of the state, as well as a pool of over 400 volunteer lawyers and accountants to assist qualifying artists and arts organizations throughout Texas.

The transition to Austin reflects the vision of former and current board members to ensure TALA keeps up with changes in the non-profit world, with an emphasis on technology, fundraising, volunteerism, and community outreach. 

TALA’s pro bono legal and accounting services are offered to artists and arts non-profits in all creative disciplines, including visual arts, music, theater, dance, film, gaming, and writing.

Over 500 attorneys and accountants throughout the state of Texas volunteer their time each year assisting in routine legal and accounting matters that might otherwise remain unresolved and unrepresented.

Coming Soon to Houston!

Register here for Copyright for Musicians and Artists in Houston!

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NEW TO TALA! Patent Pro Bono!

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The Patent Pro Bono program provides services to individual inventors who meet financial qualifications, have done a prior art search themselves or through a search provider, and have gone through a training package developed by the USPTO. 

Read more about the USPTO patent pro bono programs here.

TALA’s Patent Pro Bono program currently serves solo inventors who

  • are Texas or Louisiana residents;
  • have a total combined household income of less than 300% of the federal poverty guidelines; and
  • are currently under no obligation to assign the rights to the invention.

After becoming a member of TALA for a small yearly fee of $75, there is no charge for the services and advice of the patent attorney or agent.  However, there are filing related fees payable to the USPTO that the client must cover.  These fees usually range from $45-$280. 

Learn more about USPTO fees here.

Before being accepted for the TALA Patent Pro Bono program, participants are required to complete the USPTO online course “Basic Patent Training for Independent Inventors and Small Businesses” and print out the certificate of completion; and to perform a prior art search.

 Access the online course via the link below.

 http://www.uspto.gov/video/cbt/certpck/index.htm

See the USPTO website link below for more information about how to conduct a patent search.

http://www.uspto.gov/patents-application-process/search-patents

Ready to apply for the Patent Pro Bono program?  All patent applicants must complete the form on the Federal Circuit Bar Pro Bono National Clearinghouse web page. Your request will then be forwarded to TALA if you reside in Texas or Louisiana and are preliminarily determined a candidate for the Patent Pro Bono program. Please understand that this is a process and may take up to 30 days. TALA receives periodic updates from Washington D.C. indicating inventors who have completed the pre-screening process.  Unfortunately, TALA does not have a way to track the status of a given submission.

APPLY for TALA's PATENT PRO BONO PROGRAM HERE

http://fedcirbar.org/Pro-Bono-Scholarships/PTO-Pro-Bono/National-Clearinghouse-Application-Submission

Once TALA has received your information from the Federal Circuit Bar National Clearinghouse, you will be contacted for more information to determine your eligibility for TALA’s Patent Pro Bono program.  Acceptance into the program and placement with a patent attorney or agent is within the sole discretion of TALA’s Patent Pro Bono administrator.  

Direct questions to patent@talarts.org

Tax Help

TALA does not offer Individual 1040 and Non-Profit 990 Tax Filing Services. Those needing assistance filing a 1040 should contact one of the following tax service organizations, just click on the city name below to get more info:
Amarillo
Austin
Beaumont
Corpus Christi
Dallas
El Paso
Houston
Lubbock
Midland
Odessa
San Antonio

The IRS offers free in-person federal tax filing too, but with restrictions. You must have an adjusted gross income below $51,000 to qualify. The tax preparation help is usually provided in IRS offices, libraries and colleges around the country. You can find a location at this link.

IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO CONFIRM YOUR ELIGIBILITY FOR THESE SERVICES BEFOREHAND. EACH OF THESE SERVICES RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REFUSE SERVICE TO ANYONE FOR ANY REASON

This website is a public resource for information about our organization and is not intended to provide legal advice.