How not to talk to the tax man

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Brian Tucker

An accountant offers a light-hearted look at the wrong – and right – ways to win the approval of the ATO.

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An accountant offers a light-hearted look at the wrong – and right – ways to win the approval of the ATO.

ATO: Mr Tucker, I’m from the Australian Taxation Office and I’m here to squeeze every last drop… Oops, sorry, I’ve just been transferred to the ATO from the Australian Federal Police Anti-terrorism Unit and I’m still coming to grips with the new lingo. Good morning Mr Tucker, I’m from the Australian Taxation Office and I’m here to help you make sure your taxation affairs are in order. Now, you claim here that you are an artist; you don’t look much like an artist to me.

About the author

Since 1980 Brian Tucker has been specialising in the provision of advice and services to arts organisations, indigenous Art Centres and practitioners. His clients represent all art forms and include both established and emerging artists, from Arnhem Land to Central Australia to suburban Brisbane. Brian currently sits on the Boards of the Arts Law Centre of Queensland, Elision Contemporary Music, Backbone Youth Arts, Youth Arts Qld, the Queensland Writers Centre, Ausdance Qld, Museums Australia Queensland and the Regional Galleries Association of Queensland. In the past, he has been Chair of the Aboriginal Centre for the Performing Arts. He has been a former Treasurer of Flying Arts, Metro Arts, the Qld Community Arts Network, Viscopy Ltd and the Institute of Modern Art; is the Patron of Arts West, and is a member of ATO consultancy body, the Indigenous Tax Advisory Group. He was the recipient of a Brisbane City Council Australia Day Award for services to the arts. Brian is a regular speaker and writer on taxation, accounting and business issues as they affect visual and performing artists, writers, film and theatre workers and arts administration. He may well be the only pencil pusher regularly invited to open exhibitions. Anyone working, or planning to work, in the arts is welcome to contact him for advice on a no fee-no obligation basis, by email or via his website. Outside of work he collects contemporary art (560 and rising) and is working on a collection of short stories (150000 words and rising).