If you’re working in any of the creative disciplines, whether it’s music, ceramics, theatre, or web site production, then you’ve probably found yourself in a unique tax situation.
A&E Tax Service, Inc. – founded by Michael Davidson in 1992 – serves this distinctive clientele. After many years in the Arts and Entertainment business himself, from promotion and production of shows, to stage management and stage hand work, he has a great deal of first-hand experience running a small business in the arts world and is intimately familiar with the complicated tax laws for these types of enterprises. Michael realized that many of his peers did not use these laws to their best advantage, nor was there much small business expertise available for the arts community.
The business has grown and evolved over the years to encompass people beyond the theatre where Michael had his roots. Many of our clients are visual, ceramic, or video artists as well as purveyors of intellectual property and other small businesses. Our clients participate in and appreciate Arts and Entertainment.
And more: Our staff brings broad personal and professional experience to the task. Our knowledge bases and personalities overlap and complement as well as contrast. We are as diverse as our client base. To learn more...
Michael: How many tax guys do you know who can work a follow spot? Michael spent many years in New York City working as a stage hand and as a lighting, scenery, and production designer. He was also instrumental in bringing the Big Top back to New York with the Big Apple Circus. In 1979, Michael moved to the Pacific Northwest to manage theatre for Seattle Community College before settling in Portland to produce shows through his own company, Michael Davidson Presents. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Pomona College and studied Stagecraft in the Master’s program at Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh.
Michael believes strongly in continuing education and is constantly enriching his broad knowledge base. He is a Licensed Tax Consultant and an Enrolled Agent, a Federal Tax Designation allowing him to represent clients with the Internal Revenue Service.
Rebecca: Rebecca came to A&E in 2007 as an office assistant while completing her education at PSU. Little did she know that her future would be in taxes! Rebecca is currently and Enrolled Agent, Licensed Tax Consultant as well as the Office Administrator. Her inquisitive mind lends itself well to tax work; she enjoys taking the many puzzle pieces that make up a return, putting them together, and presenting a clear picture that clients can understand and build from. Whether it is an individual, business or exempt organization return – Rebecca strives for excellence in customer service, timely communication and attention to detail. When not in the office, Rebecca enjoys photography, fashion and travel, but her true loves are her husband Darren and their beautiful family.
Carol: What do verbs, trees and 1040's all have in common? They are all part of Carol Wild's background. She started her professional life as a French major out of Linfield College which logically led to: living in a mud hut in West Africa; a Master's degree in Tropical Forestry from the University of Florida (go Gators); marriage to a fellow Oregonian who was living close to the mud hut in West Africa; more work in West Africa; and, finally (for now) to becoming a Licensed Tax Preparer in 2004 and Licensed Tax Consultant in 2007. Enrolled Agent next? Feel free to ask her how many languages in which she can say "tree seedling" when you meet her.
Patti: Patti Johnson keeps us together and brings an added benefit – she is the only one with legible handwriting! She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature and has worked in promotion and public relations for most of her career. When she is not serving as our administrative lifeline she volunteers through Hospice Oregon and the Dove Lewis Animal Assisted Therapy Program.
Tina: Tina Boyd is our new Front Desk Administrator and "go to" girl on many fronts. In addition to this, she just became a Licensed Tax Preparer and has plans of continuing her education to become an Enrolled Agent. When she is not in the office performing her magic, you can bet she is out hiking on some trail or finding some new adventure to jump into. She loves to garden, mushroom hunt and travel to exotic destinations.
Gillian: Gillian joined A & E tax Service in April 2013 as the new Office Assistant and will be assisting in the payroll department. Gillian is from Ghana and lived in San Jose, California for 5 years before moving to Oregon. Currently she is studying economics at Portland State University and hopes to graduate in Winter, 2014. During her free time she loves to listen to music, shop, travel and hang out with friends and family.