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  Posted February 6, 2018
Actors' Equity Association and VITA present TAX TOUR 2018 with SANDRA KARAS - working actor, tax attorney, VITA chair

Sandra Karas, Equity's Secretary-Treasurer, a working actor, licensed tax attorney and Chair and Director of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program, will offer tax seminars in nine cities across the US as well as online during the months of February and March.

The tour kicks off this week with a stop in Chicago on Thursday, February 8. Additional stops, including a virtual tax seminar for members who cannot attend in person, will follow in St. Paul (Feb. 10), Los Angeles (Feb. 15), San Francisco (Feb. 17), Seattle (Feb. 18), New York (Feb. 26), Orlando (Feb. 27), Washington, D.C. (Mar. 1) and Philadelphia (Mar. 5). Times, locations and RSVP links appear below. More information about the online session will be added as it becomes available.

The seminars will help members learn what to organize, how to keep records and what's required in an audit. Karas will also discuss the rules for filing 2017 returns as well as what to expect for 2018 under the new law.

To prepare for the seminar, members should download and print a copy of the 2017 VITA worksheet and bring it to the seminar along with all questions.

Equity was active during the debate over the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act," warning that the bill would unfairly punish members by eliminating deductions for ordinary and necessary business expenses. Those changes will take effect next tax season. Learn more about how the new tax law will hurt members of the entertainment industry.

Tax Tour Locations, Times and RSVP links

2/8 1 PM Chicago Actors' Equity Office, 557 West Randolph St. RSVP
2/10 10 AM St. Paul History Theatre, 30 10th Street RSVP
2/15 5 PM Los Angeles Actors' Equity Office, 5636 Tujunga Blvd. RSVP
2/17 2:30 PM San Francisco Moonspace Lower Studio, 246 Van Ness Ave. RSVP
2/18 6 PM Seattle Black Box studio behind Center Theatre The Armory, 305 Harrison St. RSVP
2/26 5 PM New York Actors' Equity Office, 165 West 46th St. RSVP (Wait List)
2/27 7 PM Orlando Actors' Equity Office, 10319 Orangewood Blvd. RSVP
3/1 7 PM Washington, D.C. Atlas Performing Arts Center - Lang Theatre, 1333 H St. NE RSVP
3/5 7 PM Philadelphia Wilma Theatre, 265 Broad St. RSVP

Plus an online version coming soon! Check back for more info.

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