If they do business in the City they need a business license (tax) and also much pay sales tax (9.25%) on the work they sell.
I’ve attached our business license which lays out the fee schedule.
The reality, of course, is that many artists do not do this. Many don’t even know they are supposed to do this.
Also, many artists get paid via partnering/trading services.
Does your city government tax artists?
The City of Charleston treats artists as independent contractors. They have to register as a business($20/YR), pay city service fee ($156/YR), and B/O tax (1% of earnings)
How does this compare to your municipal taxes/fees?
Jeff Pierson | Director | Office of Public Art
915 Quarrier Street
Charleston, WV 25301
Phone: 304-348-8000 EXT 306
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