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.
Austin Bookkeeping Seminar
Join TALA and co-host, Austin Creative Alliance, for an introductory seminar on using QuickBooks to organize your artistic business. Visit our Events page to learn more.
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:
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
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.
This website is a public resource for information about our organization and is not intended to provide legal advice.