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photo courtesy of Emily Abramovich, Arts and Business Council, Boston

Thank you for leading us through the overwhelming terrain of taxes in your workshop. I left feeling empowered!
— Sandrine Schaefer, Artist, Artist Advisory Board, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston
I truly appreciated the presenter’s refreshing perspective as an actual artist!
— Lara, Boston-area artist
Hannah Cole covered a lot of material – so kudos for depth and breadth! As a presenter, Hannah was wonderfully straightforward and calm - clearly committed to both her professional tax work and breaking down intimidating financial details of tax codes and business reporting for artists. Her compassionate understanding of what it means to be an artist and navigate multiple income and revenue streams was especially relevant. Her nuts and bolts breakdown of art expenses was especially helpful, as were specific apps for tracking expenses (travel, sales tax etc.). Hannah offered the most personable and personal presentation of all three workshops I attended – both because of her grounded style, and the fact she was not running off a PowerPoint. I found Hannah’s notes and handouts thorough and useful for follow up.
— Laura, Boston-area artist

Engaging Workshops for Creative People

Hannah Cole is a tax expert who specializes in working with creative businesses and artists. A long-time working artist with a high-level exhibition history, Hannah has a unique vantage point for understanding the financial challenges of freelancers and small creative businesses.

In this engaging 90-minute workshop, she discusses two main components:

1. The self-employment tax system as it applies to freelancers, including how to determine estimated quarterly tax payments and how to make them + adjust them. Provides a deep understanding of the Schedule C. 

2. The importance of sound business practices for all creative workers. IRS rules surrounding hobby losses and how to defend against this determination by proving the "profit motive" of one's arts practice. Addresses audit procedure and defense for artists. Tips on good record-keeping and business habits. 

followed by a Q&A.

Hannah Cole is the founder of Sunlight Tax and an Enrolled Agent with the IRS.

Current and former clients include MassMoCA's Assets for Artists, Arts and Business Council of Boston, Boston University, Massachusetts College of Art, New Hampshire Institute of Art, Hamiltonian Artists, DC, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, New York, AICAD/New York Studio Residency Program.