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The Ultimate, Honest Guide to Understanding Artist Taxes

Demystify your tax responsibilities and grow your business.

Artists and creative business owners: have you been struggling with understanding how to file your taxes?

We have teamed up with tax expert/working artist Hannah Cole of Sunlight Tax to demystify your tax responsibilities as an artist, conquer your tax anxiety, and shed light on many common questions about your career. The course is full of helpful videos, downloads and worksheets to walk you through all of those complicated questions you have about running your art practice as a business.

We know we've had these questions for years! That's why we are so excited to bring you this online course after years of research through our DELVE workshops and coaching.

We respect what you do, because we’re artists, too, and we know you need to understand your money. Hannah speaks clearly, without jargon, and explains tax concepts in plain English. And with a better understanding of your money, we hope to help your business grow.

We are taking the fear out of money and empowering you to be a successful business. You can do this!


The Ultimate, Honest Guide to Understanding Artist Taxes will teach you:

    • How to overcome the fear that prevents many artists from getting all of the tax benefits they could be entitled to
    • What your tax responsibilities are as an artist
    • The concept of the Schedule C: what it’s for and why you should use it*
    • Whether filing your taxes as a business is appropriate for your arts practice
    • The difference between hobby vs. business rules and why they are a pitfall for artists
    • How to avoid the hobby loss dilemma, and what your responsibilities are in your arts practice
    • How your arts practice may be seen by an IRS professional who doesn’t know the art world, and how to present your arts business clearly to them to avoid misunderstanding
    • The reason that arts businesses are attractive targets for audit, and how to present your tax return in a way to make your professionalism and good business practices clearer to the taxing authorities.
    • The basic tax equation for a Schedule C, and what are some common deductible expenses for an artist.
    • How to clarify what actually constitutes art income
    • How the IRS judges your business
    • How to empower yourself with the knowledge to grow a successful career.

*Note, this course provides an excellent understanding of artist taxes and how they work, and how the IRS judges them, But it is not a how-to guide of how to fill out and file a Schedule C or how to file your personal taxes.

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Your Instructor


Sunlight Tax + DELVE
Sunlight Tax + DELVE

Sunlight Tax is run by Hannah Cole, a tax expert who specializes in working with creative businesses and their owners. Though she’s worked at a couple “buttoned-up” tax firms in New York, she loves bringing her tax skills to the aid of the creative world. Her passion for helping creative businesses began when she was an Account Executive and Interactive Producer for a New York interactive design agency, where she saw the struggles and triumphs from the inside.

A long-time working artist, the financial challenges of freelancers and small creative businesses are both relevant and personal to Hannah. And she knows that describing tax concepts in jargon-free language is always a good thing.



DELVE is an educational and coaching platform that helps artists and creatives tell their unique stories and establish a clear, genuine and powerful presence in the world: online, in person and in writing. Our mission is to help you reach your biggest goals by creating community, to empower you to hone the professional skills you need to put your best work into the world, and to inspire each other to take action on projects that truly matter.

DELVE was founded by Kind Aesthetic, a creative agency run by two artists, Sara Jones, a painter, and Andrea Wenglowskyj, a photographer. They met in graduate school at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston in 2004 and have been collaborating on projects to support artists ever since.


Class Curriculum


  Section 1: Introduction
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  Section 2: Is this course for me?
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  Section 3: Tax Advice Disclaimer
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  Section 4: Getting into the right mindset!
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  Section 5: What does it mean to operate your arts practice as a business, in terms of income tax?
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  Section 6: Is art your hobby or your profession?
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  Section 7: Am I really entitled to treat my art as a business?
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  Section 8: The Schedule C
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  Section 9: I run my art as a business, but I’m not always turning a profit. What does that mean?
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  Section 10: Why are losses a big deal?
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  Section 11: How am I being judged by the IRS?
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  Section 12: Congratulations!
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  Section 13: Special bonus material!
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
Enrollment for the course starts now and never ends! The duration of the course is about an hour, and it is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.
What does this course provide?
You get an hour's worth of instruction from Hannah Cole – an artist and tax expert– that will demystify your tax responsibilities as an artist. The course is split up into 13 short sections. Each section includes a clear video tutorial with illustrations and slides to make sure everything is crystal clear. Plus you get 10 beautifully designed hand outs to use during the course and for reference later.
There are a lot of tax experts out there. Why should I take this specific course?
Great question. Hannah Cole is a tax expert, but she's also a working artist. So, she truly gets how confusing it is to be an artist and have to file your taxes. Think of her as your trusty translator in Tax Land.
Will this course decrease my anxiety about taxes?
Yes! Hannah will help you overcome your fear and confusion that prevents many artists from getting all of the tax benefits they could be entitled to. Remember, this course is not a how-to guide of how to fill out and file a Schedule C or how to file your personal taxes, but it provides an excellent understanding of artist taxes and how they work, and how the IRS judges them.

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