News and Announcements of Bluebonnet Music Teachers Association, Williamson County Texas, USA

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

February Minutes of Meeting

The general monthly meeting of Bluebonnet MTA was held at Austin School of
Music North on February 21, 2012.

The speaker was Lynn Liles from Liberty Tax Service.
The following items were discussed.
Concerts are deductible under professional development.
Traveling expenses may be deducted as per diem and do not require receipts.
Look up per diem standard amounts at
IRS is picky about mileage log.
Meeting attendance is deductible as business mileage.
Drop box computer program saves receipts.
College education is deductible at 100 %.
Liffetime learning is deductible at 50%.
Quick Books is a good program, and is not difficult to use.
Income amounts lower than $600 should be reported even if you don't get a 1099
Auditors look at income deposits in your bank account.

There were reports about theory test. The test proceeded smoothly.
The tentative judges for the Dance Music Festival are Scott Donald, Courtney
Crappel and Sky.
The program for March will be a presentation about Yamaha by a Yamaha
The program for April will be about composition.
If a studio student registration form asks about illnesses, the studio becomes
liable if there is a student health incident in the studio.

The meeting was adjourned at 11:00 am.

Lillian Simmons
Bluebonnet MTA

Thursday, February 9, 2012

February Meeting

Dear Members,

To accommodate our guest presenter for the February program, we will be moving our February meeting to Tuesday, February 21 at 9:30AM , Austin School of Music North location.  We are thrilled that Lynn Liles from Liberty Tax Service will be joining us to discuss tax preparation for small business owners.  Bring your tax questions and a good appetite--we'll have coffee and snacks!

See you Tuesday, February 21,


Monday, February 6, 2012

February meeting

Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 5:11 PM
Subject: Possible meeting change for February?
Hi Ladies,
First, I hope the theory test went well Saturday morning.  I was sending my warmest wishes, and I know with you all in charge, it went very smoothly!
Secondly, I have found a CPA from Liberty Tax Services who would be happy to come meet with our group to share information about tax preparation for small business owners.   Pat  especially asked about this, and I think it would be very helpful for all of us.  The only problem is that she is already booked for Tuesday February 14.  Do you think it would be possible to change our meeting to February 21 at 9:30 instead? 
For March, the Yamaha rep is coming to visit, and for April, a colleague from Arizona is going to present through Skype.  I know we previously had a business meeting scheduled for April, but we could easily do that at the May luncheon.
Let me know your thoughts!