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    Travel for Business

    On occasion, you may get the opportunity to tour with a show or to shoot on a location that's well beyond your normal travel circles. The IRS calls it "traveling away from home" when your job requires you to be away from home substantially longer than an ordinary day ...

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    Interpreting the IRS

    Actors' Taxes columnist Chuck Sloan navigates the IRS website and reveals tips for filing taxes.

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    Five Inexpensive Ways to Help Your Acting Career

    You know the biggest expenses an actor has: classes, headshots, union dues, online casting services, and post cards and other marketing materials. So try the following inexpensive ways to move your career along.

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    Just Say No

    Wait a minute, you say. These sound like reasonable expenses. Why aren't they valid? Simple. All the above expenses aren't deductible because everyone has them.

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    The Lowdown on Extensions

    Skipping the April tax deadline may make you feel better, but it could give you a big headache down the line.

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    Preparing Your Return

    There is no simple way to put in plain words how a tax return gets prepared. It's like explaining something to a child who keeps asking "Why?" Every time you clarify one part, you have to explain something else.

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    Budget or Move It!

    Back Stage asked three actors to track their spending for one month to see how they're faring. A pair of financial experts then offered advice on how these ambitious thespians can best attain their financial goals.

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    Watch Your Withholding

    Like most actors, I didn't like seeing so much of my income taken out of my paychecks for taxes. But you can't very well let the government keep as little as possible and then expect a big refund.

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    Who Can I Trust to Help Me With Filing Taxes?

    I am sure that a significant number of readers will try to prepare their own return this year using computer software. If you do, you won't be alone.

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    New Way to Deal with Credit Card Debt

    As the recession continues and companies cut costs, the consequences for actors are acutely felt: fewer productions, fewer auditions, and fewer bucks coming in.