Actors Find Income Tax Help in E-book

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Actors who are confused or frustrated at the prospect of preparing their income tax returns have a customized resource available. The Actor’s Tax Guide, now in its sixth edition, is an “e-book,” available for Internet download, and zeroes in on the specific needs of working actors.

“Actors love to complain that nobody understands how we live our lives,” said Mark Bradley, veteran actor and author of the guide. “And that includes many tax professionals. I wrote the book because the general tax guides offer almost no help at all to actors. So in the book, I focus on the specific business expenses actors have. My goal is to empower actors so they’ll have some control over this part of their business and not feel like they’re at the mercy of the tax system.”

Bradley has been a professional actor for 40 years and is based in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. A member of both Actors’ Equity and SAG-AFTRA, he headed the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) project of the Twin Cities Local of the AFTRA. He has also presented tax workshops for local actors. “I’ve always enjoyed helping my fellow actors with tax matters, and this seems like a good way to reach more people. With e-publishing, I didn’t have to worry about actually producing a physical book, and you can’t beat the convenience of an immediate download.”

Written in consultation with two CPAs and a professional tax practitioner, The Actor’s Tax Guide contains a step-by-step process for calculating and reporting an actor’s professional expenses and includes three printable worksheets to assist in the process. “I’m especially pleased with the worksheet I call the Schedule of Professional Expenses,” Bradley said. The sheet lists two dozen types of expenses actors commonly incur and provides a unique way to separate expenses related to W-2 (employee) income from 1099 (self-employment) income. The other worksheets deal with travel, transportation and entertainment expenses and vehicle mileage. Bradley said that even if a person uses a professional tax preparer, his book will be helpful. “If they bring in their expenses neatly organized in the format I provide, it will save the accountant’s time in doing their return.”

Bradley stressed that The Actor’s Tax Guide is not a comprehensive guide to every tax situation. “If someone has complicated stock and bond trades, or income from real estate, or is in the middle of a messy divorce, those tax situations are outside my limited focus,” Bradley said. “If something is beyond the scope of this book, I’ll say so. If I think the reader should seek professional advice about something, I’ll say so. I’m not a lawyer or a CPA, and I can’t give legal advice, but I do think that this book will make the process of doing taxes less stressful.”

The 2014 Actors Tax Guide is 151 pages and is available for $19.95 at

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