Creative Tax Tips for Creative Entrepreneurs

1969-12-31 7:00 PM

Howard Kass photoCreative business owners are often so focused on the creative aspect of developing, growing and running their businesses, they sometimes forget that they are running a business and find themselves at a loss when it comes to making the “right” business decisions. This has become even more difficult with the economy mired in its worst slowdown since the Great Depression and the flurry of stimulus and tax legislation that has been flying around Washington, DC.

Part of making the “right” business decisions involves making appropriate choices in the myriad of tax matters that a business owner faces every day. Howard Kass will sort out some of the recent tax changes that have occurred and will present his top tax tips for small business owners, particularly the creative ones, in a light, informal but informative manner. His goals are to help you discover a diamond or two in the coal bin we know as the Internal Revenue Code and to help you minimize your tax burden.

Howard J. Kass has over 30 years experience serving the accounting and tax needs of both small businesses and individuals. Howard has worked with businesses representing many different industries including graphic arts, real estate, manufacturing, retail establishments, and many others. He is adept at the utilization of ownership structures such as C Corporations, S Corporations, Partnerships, and LLCs.

In addition to his vast tax and accounting expertise, Howard boasts a creative streak, having been an avid photographer for nearly 40 years having traversed the path from black & white film photography to digital and has a particular interest in nature and wildlife photography.

Howard has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Kent State University.

 

 

Related upcoming events

  • 2017-08-31 6:45 PM - 2017-08-31 11:30 PM

    GRAPHIC MEANS: A History of Graphic Design Production
    USA, 2017, Briar Levit

    This new documentary explores how graphic design production was accomplished before the advent of the desktop computer almost three decades ago. From the 1950s and into the 1990s, it took some ingenious analog machines and tools, and skilled hands, to marry images and type on meticulously prepared paste-up boards that were delivered to the printer. This fascinating overview by art instructor Briar Levit remembers this vanished moment in design history.

    Cleveland premiere. DVD. 90 min. Screening co-sponsored by AIGA Cleveland, Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group (CDPUG), and the Northern Ohio Illustrators Society (NOIS). AIGA, CDPUG, and NOIS members $7.

    The Cleveland Digital Publishing Users Group will celebrate our 30th Anniversary afterwards. Stay tuned for details.

  • 2017-09-28 6:00 PM - 2017-09-28 9:00 PM

    As augmented reality (AR) becomes more mainstream, designers need to understand the power of this new medium and its implications for the future of digital design.

    We'll start by taking a brief tour around the current scene of AR and what creation/distribution platforms are the primary contenders in this space. Creative uses for marketers, the thought process behind gamification, and covering commercial applications for the workplace will all be a focus of this presentation.

    Finally, we'll discuss the future of AR. We'll examine the biggest players in this space (Facebook and Snapchat), what is Google building, and what Apple has cooked up (from a predictive standpoint).

    Speaker Bio:
    Bill Myers (@vrbanist) is a Virtual and Augmented Reality Evangelist and Consultant in Akron, Ohio. With experience at both Apple and several startups, Bill has traveled all over the world designing and curating experiences, all while sharing them through his VR learning platform, vrbanist.com. He started the Akron VR/AR Meetup two years ago, as well as the Cleveland VR/AR Meetup this past year. Bill has lectured at a number of other colleges in Northeast Ohio on both hardware and experience design. His primary focus is to educate and inspire the next generation of creators to use VR & AR to solve world’s biggest issues.

  • 2017-10-26 6:00 PM - 2017-10-26 9:00 PM

    Our October meeting will feature a panel of graphic designers who will discuss the topic of self-publishing for the graphic designer.

    Our talented panel of speakers will include:

    Ron Hill, Act 3
    Jamie Hills
    Christine Grieves, ""that's so yellow and so is chrissy."
    Judith Phinehas, "Spike Loves Cleveland."

  • 2017-11-09 6:00 PM - 2017-11-09 9:00 PM

    What is available in the health insurance marketplace
    Carriers, Plans, Tax Credits

    • What is available in the health insurance marketplace
      Carriers, Plans, Tax Credits
    • Who is eligible for Tax Credit
    • How do I apply for Tax Credits and Health Insurance
    • What are the penalties if I do not obtain creditable coverage
    • Sample Plans with and without tax credits
    • Q & A

    Speaker Bio:
    My 20 plus year career in graphic design began in 1983. During that time approximately 50% of that time I was a self employed freelance designer/production artist. I knew full well what it was like to pull together my own benefits. I had to shop for my own insurance and learned how it applied to my needs, sometimes the hard way. In 2001, after over 8 years with a great company with full benefits, I experienced a layoff as the company downsized and then closed a short while later. In 2002 I obtained my insurance license and my new career began. At this point, I have 15 years experience helping others find health plans that meet their needs. As an independent agent, I am self employed and still shop for my own health plan. Being an independent agent allows me to offer plans from various carriers and offer an objective overview of what is available. My approach is to educate and consult. The idea is to help clients choose what will best meet their needs and fit their budget.

    [caption id="attachment_5520" align="alignnone" width="150"] http://www.lorilipton.com[/caption]

  • 2018-01-25 6:00 PM - 2018-01-25 7:00 PM

    TBD

  • 2018-02-22 6:00 PM - 2018-02-22 9:00 PM

    Do you wonder why your photos don’t look like what you expected? It’s such a beautiful world. Why are photos that come out of our cameras so flat and unemotional? It’s because our eyes can see more light than a camera can capture. The solution to capturing the beauty of a shot is HDR.

    HDR is an abbreviation for high dynamic range. HDR photography allows you to create stunning and mind-blowing photos that include incredible lighting, color, and detail you couldn’t otherwise achieve by taking a single photo. An HDR photo displays maximum details for recreating all the beauty you perceived at the moment you took the shot.

    When it comes to editing and creating your HDR photos, Aurora HDR is the world’s most powerful HDR software made exclusively for the Mac (coming soon for PC). Aurora HDR is a joint project developed by Macphun, an award-winning software company, and Trey Ratcliff, the world’s most renowned HDR photographer. Aurora HDR is fast, easy to use, and allows you to create stunning HDR photos in minutes.

    Here’s what you’ll learn:
    The basics of HDR photography

    • The benefits of HDR
    • Tips, advice, and secrets of HDR
    • About the Mac app Aurora HDR
    • How to create and edit HDR photos

    Bio:
    Chris Woodman is an award-winning graphic designer, publisher, and educator.

    An expert in Apple software, Chris’ skill set runs the full gamut. His passion and specialty are in digital media — more specifically ebooks, presentations, photography, and videography.

    Over the past decade, Chris has trained over 1,000 customers and employees and has organized and facilitated over 300 business workshops and community events.

    His genuine personality and natural ability to simplify the complex allow Chris to communicate clearly with any audience, regardless of learning style or previous technology experience. His passion for design and sharing his knowledge sparks inspiration in others.

    [caption id="attachment_5510" align="alignleft" width="150"] Chris Woodman[/caption]