February 2012 Newsletter

February 2012 Newsletter

From Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts

covering the following topics:

Non-Profit Orientation with Erin Rodgers 2/01/12

Legal and Accounting Workshop at Spacetaker 2/11/12

“Copyright & Creative Commons for Artists” at Galveston Artist Residency 2/15/12

“Individual Tax Seminar for Artists” with Michele Stanton at Rice Media Center 2/18/12

“Tax Time Chill Pill for Creatives” with Robert “Rex” Schuller at City of Austin Cultural Arts Division Office 2/21/12

TALA Volunteer of the Quarter: Maddie Ryan


Nonprofit Orientation with Erin Rodgers, Wednesday, February 1, 2012

These sessions are designed to provide information to those interested in forming a tax exempt, nonprofit corporation, covering the basic function and structure of exempt organizations, bookkeeping and tax issues related to exempt organizations, and other pertinent information. There will also be time for questions and answers during the session. Session will be presented by Erin Rodgers, TALA Staff Attorney. This program is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to [email protected] as space is limited.

Nonprofit Orientation with Erin Rodgers
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
TALA Office
1540 Sul Ross
Houston, TX 77006

Extended Hours: Legal and Accounting Open House presented by Spacetaker and TALA, Saturday, February 11, 2012

Artists and representatives of arts nonprofits will be given time to have a short consultation with a legal or accounting professional at the Spacetaker Artist Resource Center. Preference is given to those who make appointments, but walk-ups are also welcome. Please contact [email protected] in order to make an appointment. TALA volunteers interested in providing consultations should contact [email protected].

Legal and Accounting Open House
Saturday, February 11, 2012
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Spacetaker Artist Resource Center
2101 Winter Street
Houston, TX 77007

“Copyright & Creative Commons for Artists” with Erin Rodgers presented by Galveston Artist Residency and TALA, Wednesday, February 15, 2012

TALA Staff Attorney Erin Rodgers will lead an informative and comprehensive session covering copyrighting basics as well as the role of Creative Commons and its impact on artists and their work. There will be time for questions during the presentation. The seminar will be hosted at Galveston Artist Residency. Please send your RSVP to [email protected].

“Copyright and Creative Commons for Artists” with Erin Rodgers
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Galveston Artist Residence
2521 Mechanic St.
Galveston, TX 77550

“Individual Income Tax Seminar for Artists” presented by Michele Stanton, hosted at Rice Media Center, Saturday, February 18, 2012

Structured with artists in mind, this seminar will literally walk you through a tax return, addressing common concerns artists may have about hobby loss, and other IRS regulations pertaining to creative practice, helping you prepare your own tax return. Michele Stanton, CPA, is a long-time TALA volunteer and now a TALA Board Member who specializes in the needs of individual artists. This seminar is free and open to TALA members and non-members, however advanced registration is required. Please RSVP to [email protected] before Thursday, February 16.

This seminar will be hosted at Rice Media Center on the campus of Rice University. Parking will be available in the West Lot 5 Lot across the street from the Media Center, between the Campus Police Offices and Rice Stadium. A credit card is required to enter the parking lot.

Please be sure to download Ms. Stanton’s latest TALA publication, Taxation of the Visual and Performing Artist.

“Individual Income Tax Seminar for Artists” presented by Michele Stanton
Saturday, February 18, 2012
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Rice Media Center
University Blvd at Stockton Drive, Entrance 8
Houston, TX 77005

“Tax Time Chill Pill for Creatives” presented by Robert “Rex” Schuller in partnership with the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Few words strike more fear in the hearts of business-minded creative folks than “tax time.”

But it doesn’t have to be this way. Lower your April 15th anxiety by attending this “chill pill” seminar presented by Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts.

Robert “Rex” Schuller is the only fire-spinning, stilt-walking, reformed choir boy who’s also a CPA and a Certified Internal Auditor. In his signature fun-and-fact-filled style, he’ll reveal the easy-to-implement secrets to a mastering the great business and tax mysteries of artistic life, including:

* The 5 Biggest Business Mistakes Artists Make and How You Can Avoid Them
* How to Set Up an Goof-Proof Receipt Filing System You’ll Actually Use for Under $15
* Never Again Say “Oops, I Can’t Pay My Taxes” (The Simple Cash Management Method)
* The Little Trick to Knowing Off The Top of Your Head If an Expense is Deductible
* When You Can DIY and When You Must Get Professional Help

Space is very limited. Please RSVP to [email protected] before Friday, February 17. Those wishing to attend once capacity has been met will be placed on a waiting list.

This seminar will be hosted at The City of Austin Cultural Arts Division Offices in their training room. As a courtesy, parking will be made available to participants free of charge inside the Convention Center Parking Garage.

“Tax Time Chill Pill for Creatives” presented by Robert “Rex” Schuller
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Austin Cultural Arts Division Office
Cultural Arts Division Training Room
201 East 2nd St.
Austin, TX 78701

TALA Volunteer of the Quarter: Maidie Ryan

The Staff and Board of Directors of TALA send their sincerest thanks to Advisory Board Member Maidie Ryan. Ms. Ryan volunteered her time and energy last year, serving as TALA’s 2011 Gala Chair, and event that raised almost $25,000 in net revenue. This is funding that goes back into TALA, helping to further develop and provide services across the state, and continue our efforts to expand and grow out our volunteer base. TALA is grateful for all of Ms. Ryan’s efforts to further the mission of the organization!


Online Membership Payment Now Available

Please consider becoming a member, or renewing your membership today. We accept payment via PayPal through our website www.talarts.org

A portion of TALA’s programs and services are generously supported by The Anchorage Foundation, The Brown Foundation, The Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund, The Houston Arts Alliance, The Houston Endowment, and The Texas Commission on the Arts.

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