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Stephanie Belcher

Do I Need to Issue 1099s as a Musician?

Hey all, hope you're staying warm out there. With the January 31st issue deadline right around the corner, let's have a quick talk about 1099's. First, what is a 1099? A 1099 is a statement of income issued to a taxpayer...

How To Do Taxes as a Self-Employed Musician

Once you've decided to officially become a professional musician, you are faced with a problem that every working American has to face - you need to file a tax return. This fact alone is enough to dissuade some very talented...

Musicians Tax Guide: 11 Common Mistakes Musicians Make on their Taxes

In 2009, after working in music and venue marketing for 10 years, I started answering the phones at a busy tax prep firm in Chicago. It was supposed to be a temporary gig, but before long, my musician friends...

About Me

Steph Belcher's mission is to help musicians remove financial roadblocks, so they are free to create. Steph is a finance coach and business manager for emerging and independent musicians, songwriters, producers, and industry reps. She began preparing taxes in 2009, after managing venue and grassroots marketing campaigns for 10 years prior. Now, with more than 1500 tax returns under her belt, she is teaching about the financial process, getting (and staying) out of debt, pricing strategies, and how to deal with the IRS.
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