Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals
the new orleans jazzfest just ended and i spoke with 3 friends (jewelry) who all posted sales around $10,000.00. if you can get in its a fabulous show, booth fee about $1000.00 will prob rain at least one day, i dont really know the exact number of booths in contemporary section ( there is a louisiana and congo square section also) i think its small like around 110 booths in contemporary for 450,000 fest goers. i know of a wood guy who does 15,000.00 and i did 11,000.00, but not sure of other media.
i just did a morristown NJ show which wasn't good for me. so i go to chicago for the summer...happy selling make lots of money and have fun-
A note regarding sales tax payments to new exhibitors: Do not forget to file your quarterly returns even if you had no sales. They get very upset with this. 25 years ago, when we did pottery in Connecticut, I did not file the zero returns. There was a subpoena for my arrest. I wrote a letter back stating I was stupid and please forgive me. I never heard from them about it again. I assume it was tacked up in some office. Don't do what I did! Remember to file, always.
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I have dealt with the NJ tax people at a show. We didn't file the previous quarter's return and they showed up at our booth on Friday. This guy who looked like G. Gordon Liddy flashed his gold badge and informed us they didn't get our quarterly return.
He was very professional and told us to file it as soon as we got back home. There would be a fine for not filing but it was only about $50.
There was no demand for back taxes in cash or anything like that.
However... Another exhibitor started giving him an argument. He then threatened to shut the booth down for non payment of taxes.
So. If you ever get confronted by the tax people in New Jersey, be professional and they will be too.
I am in total agreement with this. If you do shows in New Jersey make sure you have the license, always file the quarterlies, even if you didn't do any shows there that quarter, and don't suspend your license unless you are sure you are never going back. The tax people in NJ are very thorough and do follow up on collections. Plus, like Chris says, always be polite and tell them of your intentions on paying the tax. This goes not only for NJ but for any state where they show up at your booth to collect sales tax. Politeness and good intent will always pay off in the long run. This applies, as you know, to any time you are dealing with the law, humility and good manners pay off with the traffic police also.
I was on a jury last week where someone abused the state trooper verbally, not a good idea, ever.
Howard, at the beginning, I did the same thing here in Illinois.
The other day, I got a letter saying that I was late with my payment and assessing me a penalty. Thank goodness I saved my payment confirmation as a pdf! I faxed it to them and have heard nothing back. Electronic filing is great, but you still need to back up everything and save your confirmations!