Tax Time is Coming...!
It's never too early to prepare for filing your taxes. What can you do to get ahead of the game?
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"You can learn from everyone you know what to do and what not to do with money. The trick is knowing who to listen to and when." - Tom
Have you ever filed your taxes as a voice actor before?
Filing your taxes as a voice actor for the first time can be more than a bit intimidating. If you're organized & prepared you have the potential to lower your tax burden. Wouldn't that be nice?
If you don't have a CPA, find one! Ask for suggestions from your fellow voice actors & self-employed colleagues and vet them via the National Association of Enrolled Agents (NAEA): https://www.naea.org
Ask yourself: should you incorporate? Will it save you money? Talk to your CPA, a financial advisor, or an attorney you trust to help you figure that out.
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Organize and add up your receipts to save your CPA time
Learn the difference between filing Schedule A vs Schedule C and which one you need to do
Make a list of everyone you should get 1099 and W2 forms from
Make sure you have sent a W9 to everyone who is required to issue you a 1099 and a W4 to everyone who is required to issue you a W2
If you're behind on paying your quarterly taxes, do it ASAP
If you have any extra money, put in in an IRA or SEP-IRA to reduce your tax burden
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Tom Dheere is the VO Strategist, a voice over business & marketing coach and demo producer since 2011. He is also a voice actor with over 25 years of experience who has narrated just about every type of voiceover you can think of. When not voicing or talking about voicing, he produces the sci-fi comic book Agent 1.22.