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Actors’ Fairness urges members to push Congress to move Performing Artist Tax Parity Act – Broadway Information

Opening day of the one hundred and fifteenth Congress (Picture by Mark Reinstein/Corbis by way of Getty)

On Dec. 10, Actors’ Fairness Affiliation despatched discover to its full membership of 51,000 actors and stage managers nationwide encouraging them to attraction to their representatives to move the Performing Artist Tax Parity Act (PATPA). 

The invoice, if handed, would enable extra performing artists to deduct important work bills from their taxes by updating what’s known as the Certified Performing Artist (QPA) deduction. Because it at present stands, the QPA permits eligible leisure staff to take an “above-the-line” deduction for particular unreimbursed bills. (Above-the-line deductions are these subtracted from total gross earnings to calculate a person’s adjusted gross earnings — that means people don’t get taxed on such bills.) However, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 eradicated the power to say miscellaneous itemized deductions.

The present QPA stipulates that these with an adjusted gross earnings of $16,000 (earlier than these particular deductions) are eligible — an quantity that has been unchanged for the reason that QPA was first applied in 1986. PATPA would enhance this threshold to $100,000 for single taxpayers and $200,000 for joint filers, rendering many extra leisure staff eligible for the deduction.

Specialists estimate that leisure professionals spend between 20 and 30 p.c of their earnings on work bills — from agent and supervisor charges to headshots, tools {and professional} growth. 

Representatives Judy Chu (D-CA) and Vern Buchanan (R-FL) first launched the bipartisan invoice in July 2021. On Dec. 6, 2022, entertainment-worker unions affiliated with the Division for Skilled Workers — a coalition of 24 unions throughout the state’s American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) division — despatched a letter to Congress urging them to move PATPA. The hope is that the present 117th Congress will approve the invoice in its remaining weeks.

The laws has assist from different unions comparable to SAG-AFTRA (the display screen actors’ guild), IATSE (the stage staff alliance), AFM (the musicians’ federation) in addition to organizations like People for the Arts and the Theatre Communications Group. 

In an announcement, Fairness President Kate Shindle stated, “Our business has taken a double hit: Clearly, COVID shut down dwell efficiency for a lot of months, and it’s nonetheless recovering. We’ve additionally misplaced our potential to deduct enterprise bills, which has brought on our taxes to skyrocket. In contrast to most sectors, in search of employment within the arts usually requires important upfront and ongoing prices. Collectively, employers, unions and members of each events have known as for motion. There isn’t any higher time for Congress to move the Performing Artist Tax Parity Act and stabilize the humanities economic system and humanities staff for years to come back.”

A Dec. 10 letter to membership said, “Fairness management and workers have held dozens of conferences with supporters and Congressional workers and we have now almost 90 cosponsors within the Home and 15 within the Senate … Our ask is easy: We would like PATPA to be included in any end-of-year tax laws that strikes in Congress.” 

The union offered a link to help members in contacting their representatives. 

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