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Artists, Performers, Musicians, Writers and Other Creative Businesses

Julie brings a unique perspective to the tax and accounting needs of creative individuals because she maintains an active painting career herself, exhibiting her work throughout the United States. She has a thorough understanding of the special issues that impact artists, performers, musicians and writers. Creative individuals and businesses are at a higher risk of being audited because it often takes years to show a profit, which concerns the IRS. Julie will work with you to help you understand the unique record keeping requirements of these professions and help you document your work so that in the event of an audit, you will have a higher chance of successfully protecting your business.

Julie gives frequent workshops for artists and is a regular guest lecturer at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and other Midwest based arts organizations. She has written articles for the Chicago Artists’ Coalition’s newspaper and the Chicago Artists Resources website. Please check the Presentations & Workshops page for a current list of upcoming workshops.


For over 20 years, Julie has helped entrepreneurs realize their goals and dreams of starting their own business. Starting a business can be daunting and Julie completely understands the issues you face, having started a business of her own. She knows how many hats you wear, including chief accountant. So let her help you establish accounting systems and procedures that will work for your business as it grows and prospers.

Service Industries

Julie’s current clients represent a wide range of service industries, including real estate, health care, mental health care, graphic design, sales, restaurant consulting, writing, computer consulting and more. Service industries can have unique financial and accounting concerns, such as irregular cash flow, home offices, and extensive travel. Julie will work with you to address your industry’s specific accounting issues.

Real Estate

Julie has extensive experience working with the complex issues that surround real estate. She managed the tax division of a mid-sized real estate firm for 11 years. During this time she was involved in structuring, purchasing, selling, managing, restructuring and refinancing approximately $500 million in real estate. Julie is experienced with Section 1031 Like Kind Exchanges and smaller rental properties.