Doing tax prep is WAY more fun with friends, drinks, and cool beats!

Bring your questions and whatever you have (receipts, bank statements, Quickbooks, Excel). Shoeboxes of receipts especially welcome! We'll provide worksheets and hands-on help to get your numbers all in order.

All experience levels are invited! New to freelance taxes? It looks confusing, but is fairly straight-forward if you know what to do! We can walk you through it. Been doing this for awhile? Join us to make this business chore fun, and to get it done quickly! Everybody, leave ready to file your taxes and feeling awesome.

How it Works

  1. Use the What to Bring Checklist to collect things (you'll get this in your inbox a few days before the event). Bring whatever you have - it’s okay if you don’t have everything!
  2. Arrive any time between 3:30 – 8pm, and grab a drink.
  3. Once each hour, Jenny will give a basic overview of the process: 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm. Attend the overview talk, or get basic instructions when you arrive.
  4. Grab some worksheets, then find a spot and get to work. Do your IRS prep in whatever way you like! It can be paper and calculator, spreadsheet, Quickbooks, etc.
  5. Get help as needed from Jenny or your new friends; when possible, help each other out.
  6. Leave the Tax Party with more peace of mind and a big smile, ready to file your taxes.

The Basic Process

  • Meet the IRS forms
  • Find or create your Gross Sales figure and Income Record.
  • Add up your Business Deductions by categories.
  • Leave with a worksheet, ready to file, or at least knowing what to do!

Common Topics

  • 1099-MISC forms
  • Gross Sales
  • Expenses / Business Deductions
  • Profit
  • Mileage
  • Home office
  • W-9 forms
  • Estimated Quarterly Tax Payments

See you there!

Jenny MacLeod (aka Jenny Girl Friday) is a local self-employment coach and writer. She has a knack for making business chores easy and even fun. Offerings include: Sidekick Services via email, online tools, and the book How to Become Self-Employed in Seattle: A Guidebook, Companion, and Reference. Jenny lives in Green Lake in a half-finished house. Learn more at

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March 20 - April 12, 2020

Nya, an inner-city public high school teacher, is committed to her students but desperate to give her only son Omari opportunities they’ll never have. When a controversial incident at his upstate private school threatens to get him expelled, Nya must confront his rage and her own choices as a parent. But will she be able to reach him before a world beyond her control pulls him away?

With profound compassion and lyricism, Pipeline brings an urgent conversation powerfully to the fore. Morisseau pens a deeply moving story of a mother’s fight to give her son a future — without turning her back on the community that made him who he is.

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The Roaring Twenties are here again for Seattle Public Theater! Come celebrate in style with us at the Graduate Hotel as we toast to our community and fundraise for our future. Enjoy performances from your favorite artists, delicious food from beloved Seattle chefs, a live auction of one-of-a-kind experiences, and a chance to raise your paddle to support the theater you love.

Book a room at the Graduate and party all night long - use the code "SPT" for a special discount.

March 28, 2020 \\ 6:00pm \\ Graduate Seattle \\ 4507 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105

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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Free Admission

When Annie arrives in Seattle for the weekend, she has two objectives: watch her brother Will graduate from the MBA program at the University of Washington and hook up with that piece of man meat she’s been objectifying for the last two years. It’s mutual, or so she thinks. Without warning, Ben is proposing marriage — citing latent Judaism and a lucrative new job.

Utilizing a percussive personification of anxiety’s relationship to technology, Halcyon explores long distance friendship, hasty decisions, moral grey areas, and — oh yeah — the 2016 election.
 Halcyon is the second work to be featured in our Locally Grown series, a playwriting series celebrating the voices of the PNW.

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Cost of Living


May 22 - June 14, 2020

What is the road that brought us here? Unemployed truck driver Eddie sits at a bar alone, recalling his final moments with wife, Ani, when a car accident turned the focus of their relationship from divorcing to caregiving. Overworked, under-qualified, and nearly homeless, Jess takes on another job to make ends meet – this time, as a personal caregiver for a wealthy and beautiful graduate student named John, who has cerebral palsy. The histories, influences, and challenges of four lives converge in the meeting of two strangers in a small, empty apartment in Bayonne, NJ.

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