Join Richard Stim for an in-depth discussion in this video LLCs and corporations, part of Music Taxes and Accounting.
- Tax rules are different for music businesses…that operate as corporations.…The corporate music business is taxed once…when the corporation files its corporate tax return…and the income is taxed again…when the owners of the business, the shareholders,…report their corporate income…on their individual tax returns.…In other words,…the IRS considers a corporate music business…as a separate tax-paying creature.…This may seem unappealing.…Why participate in a music business…where income is taxed twice?…But in practice,…a corporate structure can save a musician money.…
Particularly if the musician earns profits…and leaves a chunk of that money in the business each year.…Aside from these potential tax benefits,…many musicians form corporations…because they limit personal liability from lawsuits…or other financial claims.…For that reason, a musician or a band…that does a lot of touring…may form a corporate touring company…to shield against lawsuits.…An exception to corporation rules occurs…if a regular corporation, or C corporation,…
In this music business course, author Rich Stim covers the most important tax issues for musicians. He starts with the basics: determining if music is a hobby or a business for you and how that affects your deductions. He then discusses money and the sources that determine gross income. From there, he shows the items you can deduct from your gross income—mileage, studio spaces, touring expenses, and other miscellaneous deductions—that can add up to big savings. Next, he covers the different tax rules for individual musicians, bands, general partnerships, LLCs, and corporations, and explains how to get an Employer Identification Number (EIN) when you need one. Finally, Rich navigates through the tax forms, including Form 1040, Schedule A, Schedule C, Schedule SE, Schedule K-1 (Form 1065), Form 4562, Form 8829, and Form 2016, and provides advice on hiring a tax preparer or going the DIY route with tax software.
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- Managing bookkeeping
- Counting income
- Claiming expenses and other deductions
- Understanding tax entities such as LLCs
- Getting an employer ID number
- Preparing and paying taxes