Harmony Street Society is a 501c3 non-profit foundation that provides tax compliance and many other services to free lance musicians in New Orleans to avoid future penalties and give them a fresh start. Our CPA provides personalized expert consultation, assessment, and resolution of financial issues for participants.
Until now, they had nowhere to turn for this kind of help.
Tax debt and bureaucratic issues can affect mental and physical health, and we believe in giving musicians the help they need so they can continue to create freely – and in harmony.
We do this through our two primary programs.
The Fresh Start Workforce Program consisting the Ask-a-CPA Workforce Training Workshop, and One-on-One Counseling Sessions; and the Musician Support Program providing direct financial aid to musicians in need.
The Fresh Start Ask-a-CPA Workshops teach participants how to complete employment forms, open bank accounts, create IRS, Louisiana Department of Revenue, and Social Security accounts, how to make periodic payments, creating LLC, S-corps, tracking expenses, preparation of tax documents, and how to prepare returns on-line for free. We have hosted live, simulcast on Facebook, and Zoom workshops at the New Orleans Jazz Museum and another on Zoom for Music Cares. We are planning more workshops for 2023.
In the Fresh Start One-on-One Counseling Sessions, our CPA collaborates with each musician to prepare a personalized strategy to resolve all current and future tax and financial issues with our Makin’ Taxes, Makin’ Payments, and Makin’ Payroll programs. The CPA prepares all documents and tax filings to bring the participant current, including negotiating with tax authorities to waive late fees, penalties, and in some cases reduce the amount of tax owed.
The Musician Support Program collaborates with individuals and non-profits to provide cash grants to those desperately in need of living expenses including rent, food, utilities, etc. The program also may provide help with the cost of filing fees, fines, penalties, and taxes.