Advocacy and Professional Practices
PrintSpin is a print and paper project that takes a light-hearted look at wind energy, engaging the public by showcasing printmaking techniques and three-dimensional design. The Alliance challenges printmakers, especially students, to get involved as advocates for clean energy and for printmaking. Carol Pulin, director of the American Print Alliance, is available for workshops. More info.
for self-employed (and regularly employed) artists in the U.S.
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Making Work Pay is a new tax credit of up to $400 for people with earned income, including self-employed taxpayers (if most of your income is from selling your artwork, you're probably considered "self-employed").
Is it possible you would have missed out on this credit if you hadn't seen our message/reminder? If so, please become a donor or subscriber to Contemporary Impressions, so the American Print Alliance can continue to help you and other artists! It's a small price to pay for getting $400 from the government. Subscriptions are only $39 (only $32 if you're a member of our allied councils, $19 if you're a student). Click here for the form.
Links to Form 1040 and all schedules: http://www.irs.gov
Don't forget that the Earned Income Tax Credit is similarly for both employed and self-employed people, and not just for those with children (although the income limits and credit are much higher for those with a qualifying child). Over-all limits and credits for the EITC are also higher for two years due to the Reinvestment and Recovery Act.
Schedule C is for business income or loss for sole proprietor or self-employed business owners - that's the IRS description for most independent artists. Any unincorporated business in the U.S. with profit of $400 or more is required to file Schedule C.
SETI, the Self-Employed Tax Initiative, part of the non-profit Corporation for Enterprise Development, has a website to help low-income entrepreneurs and self-employed Americans. Good resources for those who are filing Schedule C are found here: http://cfed.org/programs/seti/ There's also a list with links to organizations in the following 15 cities, that will help the self-employed prepare a tax return: http://cfed.org/programs/seti/demonstration/local_partners/
Links to information about health hazards in printmaking and other arts are now in our Resources section on the Links page, please click here.
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