Actors’ Equity Submits Congressional Testimony Highlighting Need to Update the Qualified Performing Artist Deduction (QPA)

New York – Actors’ Equity Association, the national union representing more than 51,000 theatre actors and stage managers, released testimony submitted to the House Ways and Means Committee on the need for tax fairness for performing artists, many of whom have faced a tax increase following the passage of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act (TJCA).

Click here to read the full testimony, which was submitted last week by Equity’s National Secretary/Treasurer Sandra Karas, a tax attorney who also runs the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at Equity’s New York office.

Equity has raised the alarm about the unintended consequences tax reform would have for performing artists both before the bill was passed, and after in a column in the New York Daily News. In March this year, Equity members held meetings with more than 30 Congressional offices during Arts Advocacy Day to fight for an update to the QPA.

ACTORS' EQUITY ASSOCIATION, founded in 1913, is the U.S. labor union that represents more than 51,000 professional actors and stage managers. Equity endeavors to advance the careers of its Members by negotiating wages, improving working conditions and providing a wide range of benefits (health and pension included). Member: AFL-CIO, FIA.  #EquityWorks  

April 15, 2019