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Biz Smarts: Preparing for your Taxes

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We have partnered with business and art centres across Ontario to deliver the following webinar.

Tax season is here and most of us are frantically trying to put together our receipts and collect various forms for filling. As an artist how do you know you’re putting together the right information?

This session will:

  • Explore the various sources of income for artists and creative professionals,

  • Show how each income source is reported to Canada Revenue Agency in a personal tax return, called a TD1,

  • Highlight the difference between tax deductions and tax credits and those available to artists and creative professionals

  • Review the specific tax deductions and tax credits available to an ‘artist’ as defined by Canada Revenue Agency, and

  • Complete a sample tax return for an artist with employment income, business income, and art grants

Dr. Ellen G. Schraa has been an educator for over 15 years specializing in teaching accounting to non-accounting learners. As an accountant and business grad Ellen has worked in business, small and large, government, and the not-for-profit sector. Ellen has won numerous teaching awards and is currently a professor at York University and a part-time instructor at OCADU. Ellen’s other side of her Gemini personality is a collector of vintage and antiques. Her vintage collection and modern Victorian homes have been used in film and print, and most recently she was featured in the My Style section of Vintage Life.

Ellen Schraa, BBA, CPA-CGA, MHSc, PhD


How can I participate in the webinars?

You can participate in the webinars by attending a webinar event at your local art/business centre. You will receive an e-mail with the address of the centre in your city once you have RSVPd.

What should I expect by attending my local art/business centre?

The centres will provide an opportunity for you to network, to meet business counselors/coaches, receive additonal resources, and have further questions answered. It is also an opportunity to actively begin your business planning process.

Where is the webinar event taking place?

The webinar event is located at several art/business centres across Ontario.

Bracebridge, ON -- Muskoka Futures: 345 Eccleston Drive, Boardroom

Brampton, ON -- Brampton Entrepreneur Centre: 1 Theatre Lane, Rose Theatre, Studio Two Room

Guelph, ON -- Business Centre Guelph Wellington: 14 Macdonell Street

Hamilton, ON -- Hamilton Arts Council: 51 Stuart Street, 2nd Floor

Harriston, ON -- Launch It Minto: 4-1 Elora Street North

Kenora, ON -- Inglenook Art Studio: 1051 Railway St. Unit 3

Kingston, ON -- Kingston Arts Council: 370 King Street West, Unit 115

North Bay, ON -- The Business Centre Nipissing Parry Sound: 200 McIntyre St. East 6th Floor Boardroom

Oakville, ON -- Oakville Arts Council: Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Culture Centre: 2302 Bridge Road, Meeting Room 1

Port Severn, ON -- SEGBAY Chamber of Commerce Office: 45 Lone Pine Road, Upper Level

Red Lake, ON -- Chukuni Communities Development Corporation: 137 Howey Street

Sioux Lookout, ON -- Sioux Lookout Public Library: 21 5th Avenue, Community Media Room

Sudbury, ON -- Regional Business Centre: 200 Brady Steet, Room C-10

Thunder Bay, ON -- Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund: 106 Centennial Square, 2nd Floor

Thunder Bay, ON -- Thunder Bay & District Entrepreneur Centre: 34 Cumberland St. N, Suite 201

What can I bring to the event?

Feel free to bring a notebook, a pen, and business cards.

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