An Overview of Accounting and Tax Law for Artists

Presented for NYFA's Artist As Entrepreneur Bootcamp 2011
New York Foundation for the Arts
June 18, 2011

Elissa G. Cogan, MBA, CPA

Miss Cogan has more than 35 years of public accounting experience, and more than 15 years of teaching experience. She is principal of Cogan and Company, which provides training, operational assistance, and financial advice to organizations of all kinds and sizes.
Miss Cogan’s business and enterprise clients have included publishers, caterers, restaurants, a financial products partnership, a skateboard manufacturer, and professional service organizations. Her individual and family clients have included executives, scientists, teachers, artists, printers, lawyers, doctors, and writers.

Miss Cogan belongs to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants. She has a BA in English from New York University, and an MBA from Cornell.

Marcus Strock, Tax Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP

Marcus Strock has been a tax partner in the New York office of Debevoise since 1982. He regularly advises clients on tax, financing and structuring issues relating to private funds, hedge funds, equity investments, project finance, leasing, real estate and public finance. He also devotes a substantial portion of his time to tax controversies and matters relating to state and local taxation.

Mr. Strock joined Debevoise in 1972. He received his A.B. from Harvard College in 1965, and an M.A.T. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1967. Mr. Strock received a J.D. from New York University Law School in 1971 where he was a member of the Law Review. Prior to joining Debevoise, Mr. Strock served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Edward M. McEntee, US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He is a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the New York State Bar Association Tax Section and the American Bar Association.

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