As an artist, navigating the complex world of taxes can be overwhelming. However, understanding tax basics is crucial for financial success and compliance. In this blog post, we will give guidelines for artists about preparing tax filings and introduce how RevArt's new e-commerce feature helps with the process. 

By automating tax calculations during the checkout process, RevArt simplifies the tax filing process and ensures accurate tax calculations. Let's dive into the important considerations, obligations, deadlines, and how RevArt can make tax calculations easier for artists.


The Basics of Taxes for Artists

Understanding Important Considerations during Tax Season

During the tax season, artists must focus on several key areas to navigate their tax obligations smoothly. First and foremost, artists should keep detailed records of their income and expenses, including sales, commissions, and material costs. This allows for accurate calculations and deductions. Additionally, understanding deductible expenses unique to artists, such as art supplies and studio rental fees, can help minimize the tax burden.

Tax form, photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

Tax form, photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash


What to Submit: Sales Tax, Annual Tax, and 1099


Artist Running a Company or LLC

1. Income Documentation:

Revenue Records: Provide a detailed breakdown of all income generated through sales, commissions, grants, and any other sources.

Invoices and Receipts: Maintain records of invoices issued and receipts for payments received.

Bank Statements: Submit bank statements reflecting income deposits related to your artistic endeavors.


2. Expense Records:

Receipts and Invoices: Keep track of all expenses related to your artistic work, including art supplies, studio rent, utilities, travel for exhibitions, marketing, and promotion.

Mileage Log: If you use your vehicle for business purposes, maintain a mileage log for deductible travel.

Payroll Records: If you have employees, provide records of their compensation.


3. Tax Forms:

Form 1099-MISC: If you received payments totaling $600 or more from any one client or source, you should receive a Form 1099-MISC. Ensure all income reported matches your records.

Form 1065: If you operate as a partnership or multi-member LLC, you'll need to file this form.

Form 1120: If you operate as a corporation, you'll file this form.


4. Additional Documents:

Depreciation Schedules: If you've made significant capital investments, provide depreciation schedules for equipment and property used for your artistic business.

Home Office Expenses: If you have a dedicated space for your artistic work, you may be eligible to deduct a portion of your housing expenses. Maintain records supporting this deduction.


Artist Who Doesn't Have a Company

1. Income Documentation:

1099s and W-2s: If you received any freelance income or were employed part-time, ensure you have all relevant tax forms.

Sales Records: Keep detailed records of all sales, commissions, grants, and other sources of income.


2. Expense Records:

Receipts and Invoices: Maintain records of any expenses related to your artistic work, such as art supplies, exhibition fees, and travel.

Home Office Expenses: If you have a dedicated workspace at home, you may be able to deduct a portion of your housing expenses.


3. Tax Forms:

Schedule C: Use this form to report income or loss from a sole proprietorship. Include all income and deductible expenses related to your artistic activities.

Form 1040: Attach Schedule C to your individual tax return (Form 1040) to report your artistic income and expenses.


4. Additional Documents:

Education Expenses: If you've taken courses or workshops to improve your artistic skills, keep records of these expenses, as they may be deductible.

Charitable Donations: If you've made any charitable contributions related to your art, such as donating artwork to fundraisers or auctions, maintain documentation for these donations.

Ensure to consult with a tax professional or accountant to ensure you're accurately reporting your income and taking advantage of all eligible deductions and credits.

Artists have specific tax obligations that vary based on their business structure and income sources. One important requirement is collecting and remitting sales tax. If artists sell their artwork directly to customers, they are responsible for collecting and remitting sales tax based on their local regulations.

Artists may also have an annual tax obligation based on their business structure, such as self-employment tax or corporate tax. It is important to consult with a tax professional to determine the specific requirements for your business.

Additionally, artists who receive payments for their work may receive a 1099 form from the payer. This form reports the income received and must be included in the tax return. Artists should keep track of any 1099 forms received and report the income accordingly.

Pay your tax now. Photo by The New York Public Library on Unsplash

Pay your tax now. Photo by The New York Public Library on Unsplash


Submission Deadlines for Artists

Filing your taxes accurately and on time is crucial for all artists, regardless of whether you're operating as a company, LLC, or individual. Understanding the deadlines can help you avoid penalties and ensure you stay compliant with tax regulations. Here's a breakdown of the key deadlines you need to know.


Individual Tax Filing Deadlines:

For most individual taxpayers, the deadline for filing federal income tax returns is April 15th each year. It's essential to mark this date on your calendar and start preparing your tax documents well in advance to avoid last-minute stress.

If you need more time to file your return, you can request an automatic extension using Form 4868, which will extend your deadline to October 15th. However, remember that this extension only gives you more time to file your return, not to pay any taxes owed. You must estimate and pay any taxes due by the original deadline to avoid penalties and interest charges.


Business Tax Filing Deadlines:

If you're running a company or LLC, your tax filing deadlines will vary depending on your business structure:

Partnerships and S-Corporations: The deadline for filing federal income tax returns is March 15th. However, if you need more time, you can request an extension using Form 7004, which will extend your deadline to September 15th.

C-Corporations: The deadline for filing federal income tax returns is April 15th. You can also request an extension using Form 7004, which will extend your deadline to October 15th.


State Tax Filing Deadlines:

Don't forget about state tax filing deadlines, which may differ from federal deadlines. Check the specific deadlines for your state of residence or where your business operates to ensure compliance.

Tax submission deadlines for artists depend on their business structure and income sources. It is essential to be aware of these deadlines to avoid penalties and fines. Generally, individual artists operating as sole proprietors must file their tax returns by the standard April 15th deadline, or October 15th if they filed for an extension.

If an artist operates as a corporation, the tax deadline may differ. It is recommended to consult with a tax professional to determine the appropriate deadlines for filing corporate tax returns.

Calculating tax, Photo by Karolina Grabowska

Calculating tax, Photo by Karolina Grabowska 


How RevArt Can Simplify Tax Calculations for Artists

Tax season can be daunting for artists, especially when it comes to calculating and managing sales tax. However, with the right tools, tax calculations can be streamlined and stress-free. This is where RevArt comes in, offering a range of features designed to simplify tax calculations for artists of all types. Here's how:


E-Commerce Sales Tax Calculation:

One of the standout features of RevArt is its integrated e-commerce platform, which allows artists to sell their work directly through the platform or on their own website. What sets RevArt apart is its ability to calculate sales tax automatically based on the buyer's location.

With RevArt, artists no longer need to manually calculate sales tax rates for each transaction or worry about staying compliant with state tax regulations. The platform handles everything seamlessly, ensuring accurate tax calculations for every sale, regardless of where the buyer is located.


Record Keeping with Income and Payment Features:

RevArt's robust record-keeping capabilities further simplify tax calculations for artists. The platform's "Income" and "Payment" features allow artists to easily record and track all their sales transactions in one centralized location.

Every sale made through the RevArt platform is automatically logged, including details such as the buyer's information, purchase amount, and transaction date. Artists can also categorize sales by type, making it easy to differentiate between different revenue streams, such as sales from exhibitions, commissions, or online purchases.

By maintaining detailed records of all sales transactions within RevArt, artists have a comprehensive overview of their income, making it simpler to calculate taxes owed at the end of the year. This not only saves time but also ensures accuracy when reporting income to tax authorities.



Navigating tax requirements as an artist can be complex, but understanding the basics is crucial for financial success. From understanding obligations to meeting submission deadlines, artists must stay organized and informed. RevArt's e-commerce tax rate feature simplifies tax calculations, ensuring accurate rates during the checkout process. Be sure to leverage this innovative solution and try out the feature in your online store. Simplify your tax filing process and focus more on what you love—creating art!



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