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“This way it doesn’t get reported [to the artist’s agent] in the gross revenue of the show,” says the promoter.

Melanie says, “I’m self-employed, and I have to watch my money.… To me, a service charge is if you go through Ticketmaster.”

Anthology general manager Michael Miller responds: “That service charge helps us combat our overall costs like the hardware and software and other costs to produce those tickets and the costs of personnel [to handle ticketing].” Regarding Melanie’s complaint: “It is very understandable. It does throw a lot of people off.”

– Ken Leighton

Don’t Tax Me, Bro! Come tax time each year, accountant Roger Garay advises many local musicians (whom he prefers to keep anonymous).

“Many performing artists are self-employed independent contractors, sometimes by choice and sometimes by default, and [they] receive Form 1099 at year end, reporting their compensation. Other performing artists are paid as employees of the venues where they perform and receive a Form W-2 at year end, reporting their compensation and the amounts of taxes withheld.…

“The reporting rule is that if you pay someone $600 or more over the course of the year, you must issue a Form 1099.…

“I [have] heard many complaints about some venues giving out Forms 1099 instead of W-2s at year end. Everyone complained about having to report their income at all.… I believe, however, that the best of all worlds is enjoyed by the artist who receives Form 1099.… It opens the door for them to file a Schedule C – like any other business – and take legitimate deductions that would not be available to them filing as W-2 employees.”

Consultations with Garay are done in person, over the phone, and via email. He charges $120 per hour, billed in 15-minute increments from the start of the session. The first half hour is free.

“No, you cannot have a free daily 29-minute consultation, phone call, [or] email.”

– Jay Allen Sanford

Phoo Fightin’ Typo Haters When the Foo Fighters play Cox Arena on Monday, March 3, “All backstage passes must be approved through the Foo Fighters’ tour manager. Any retarded house or venue passes are null and void. The old ‘résumé on a rope’ is not permitted.” Regarding advertising, “Any misspellings or other stupid typos will set the Purchaser back $100, to be paid to Foo Fighters tour manager at settlement.”

Backstage, “Artist shall not be required to share dressing room with any other performer, except Supergrass, Oasis, or maybe Led Zeppelin.… Any strange or lingering odor should be dealt with and covered up wherever and whenever possible.” Also, “Venue employees hanging out with no apparent job or making out with girlfriends or boyfriends (aka the town census backstage) is not fun for us either, especially when people are paid to be working.”

Finally, “Any photographer left in the [stage-front] barrier after three songs is no longer welcome in the building.”

– Jay Allen Sanford

Not Sweet on San Diego Ninety-one years ago today – 2/28/17 – blues legend Jelly Roll Morton played a San Diego gig, according to Morton biographers and Sandiegoconcertarchive.com. Several historians speculate that this concert, at an unnamed local venue, led to an offer of steady gigs in L.A., prompting Morton to relocate to the West Coast in the summer of 1917.

In 1921, Morton was performing regularly at the Kansas City Bar in Tijuana. Two of his most revered songs were written there: “The Pearls” and “Kansas City Stomp,” named after the bar.

According to Dead Man Blues author Phil Pastras, “His trips to San Diego and south of the border had something to do with the Hollywood crowd as well, especially after Prohibition set in. That is where the crowd would go to drink and party. They had a race track, and gambling and booze was legal, so that is where the crowd went.” San Diego had outlawed cabaret dancing in 1917, and the federal government banned alcohol in 1920.

In 1921, Morton and a small orchestra were scheduled to perform at the U.S. Grant Hotel. Band member Dink Johnson later claimed the band was fired by the hotel management because Morton sat at the piano and played with his legs crossed, ostensibly offending white patrons. Morton, however, later told an interviewer that he canceled the gig himself after finding out an all-white band playing at the hotel was being paid twice the fee his band had been offered.

– Jay Allen Sanford

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strawman March 2, 2008 @ 2:23 p.m.

The quote in DONT TAX ME BRO, “The reporting rule is that if you pay someone $600 or more over the course of the year, you must issue a Form 1099.…" is incorrect. The actual law specifies receipt of "income" or "wages" of $600 as the minimum for filing.

These are custom-defined legal terms that mean "earnings derived from the exercise of federal privilege". So, unless you work for the feds, you are not obligated to pay the "income tax". Crooked lawyers, accountants, and judges lie about this in order to help the IRS collect from non-taxpayers through fraud and force (jail, confiscation).

You are conned into volunteering to pay. How? By agreeing with perjured W-2 and 1099 testimony when you file your own 1040/540 testimony. For non-federal earners the true figure to put on your 1040/540 would be zero wages. Don't forget to correct the false W-2 and 1099 testimony and send that instead.
See www.losthorizons.com for details.


strawman March 6, 2008 @ 5:19 p.m.

No I am not Wesley Snipes. His strategy was the old "do not file 1040s". That approach to avoiding income tax had been discredited years ago and Wesley never kept up with the times. The IRS used him as a high profile example to scare people away from trying to follow the law as written. They knew he was an easy target, because of his flawed strategy. Only, by filing as per the website noted in my original comment can a non tax payer succeed.


Josh Board March 11, 2008 @ 7:44 p.m.

Interesting, strawman. I actually give the IRS credit. I remember when the Willie Nelson thing went down, and reading about the case. They were totally cool with working on a deal with him. They realized it was his people that did bogus stuff, not him. And, they've done other stuff I've heard about, that impressed me. People always just assume the worst (note to any IRS agent that may be reading this: please don't audit me)


strawman March 14, 2008 @ 4:30 p.m.

joshb, The IRS is very cordial if you agree to pay up. They were also very agreeable with Wesley Snipes, once he agreed to pay what they wanted. It's all about the money. If you look at the website I referenced, you will see just how criminal they are when one does not want to volunteer into their scheme. Their brochures state plainly that income tax is based on voluntary compliance, "but you MUST volunteer". Huh?


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