08/09/2005: "Taxing for Artists"
Last night I was frustrated because I've been getting more annoying emails than usual. Some from people being too familiar (I wonder if male bloggers get these kinds of emails too?), but mostly I get emails from people wanting information about moving to or visiting Alaska. Many are sincere and really thankful but others are just demanding and act like I owe them something and start harrasing me if I don't respond immediately. Sometimes I'll write lengthy responses where I have to do research for them and then they don't even reply with a "thanks".
Well, Last night I got emails from both of my negative types and I made a post that I felt bad about this morning and have since removed. Really, it's ok if you have questions about Alaska, just give me some time to answer you ok? I have a job and a life and I have to do this blog stuff in my free time.
For those of you here in the US, I'm just finishing the 2002 edition of "The New Tax Guide for Artists of Every Persuasion". The guy who wrote the book has a website called artstaxinfo.com and has links to PDF versions of expenses and income checklists for visual artists, great for tracking and categorizing my deductions. Even if you don't do the business deduction, it could be interesting to track how much you're spending on supplies etc. It really adds up in a depressing way.
On Friday I'm going in for a financial planning session to see if I'm doing everything I should be for my goal of long-term sustainability. It's sort of expensive but I think it will be worth it in the long run.