Trade Secrets: Accounting for Creatives

No, not creative accounting. The third of our Trade Secrets training sessions took place on 9th February 2016.

The workshop was run by accountant Christine Styrnau who has a lifetime of specialist experience working for artists, writers and other expressive types. She knows everything you need to know about freelancing, limited companies, expenses, tax, VAT and HMRC. All through the prism of the creative career.

Is a walking tour of the Lake District just as valid a business expense for a poet as a visit to a factory by a businessman? Hmm.

After this training session, you’ll have a better understanding of:

  • the different types of taxes (income tax, VAT, corporation tax…)
  • the ins and outs of self-employed vs incorporation
  • expenses to claim for self-employed individuals and companies
  • record-keeping for accounts
  • the workings of the tax system


About Christine Styrnau:

christineFor more than 30 years, Christine has worked with accountancy practice Valentine Ellis & Co (est. 1958) specialising in working for creatives. She became partner 20 years ago and now runs the practice as sole trader. Christine has extensive knowledge on tax law and finance relating to artists, creative individuals and companies. She is Treasurer of The London Group, and acts on behalf of many London Group members, practising artists, Turner prize nominees, RAs and academics. She has several accountancy qualifications, a degree in art history, and an ongoing engagement with the arts, from book launches to Biennales.

Take a look at our previous workshop.

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