Preparing for your Taxes Panel
Veruca James, APAC Treasurer, hosted a panel on March 1, 2015 about adult industry tax preparation.  Prior to joining the adult entertainment industry three years ago, Ms. James worked as a CPA in Illinois in the public and private accounting sectors.  Her knowledge of accounting issues and experience in the adult industry provided a medium for performers and the guest speaker, David Beider, to connect on relevant tax issues facing performers.

David Beider, California Licensed CPA, has 34 years of experience in accounting, including small business (corporations, LLC’s, partnerships, sole proprietorships) and individual taxes, bookkeeping, IRS audit representation, accounting and entity formations.  David has operated an adult entertainment industry specific tax firm,, for 20 years. He has an in-depth understanding of the nuances of earning income and paying expenses pertaining to the adult entertainment industry.

Veruca and David began the presentation with a skit about the types of income an adult performer might earn and which forms of income would be considered taxable.  The demonstration provided an example of what a typical first meeting might go like between a performer and their accountant.  Topics included what to do when you don’t receive all of your 1099s, differences between 1099s and W-2s, cash deposits, and ways to track your income for tax purposes.  Veruca provided an excel spreadsheet template that she has found helpful in tracking income and scenes.

A step by step guide to preparing for your meeting with your tax accountant was also provided.  It included important documents to acquire, figures to calculate, and a listing of potential expenses/deductions to calculate and present to your accountant.
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There Is No “Gay Industry” or “Straight Industry,” There’s Just Us

Levi Karter, James Deen, Liam Riley

On Saturday February 14, APAC Chairperson James Deen joined gay porn studio Cockyboys for an episode of their web series, In Bed with Liam & Levi.  The online talk show features CockyBoys exclusives, Liam Riley and Levi Karter, and their guests.

“…it’s important to have open discussions between the different areas of the adult film industry,” Deen said in a press release.  “Just because we don’t appear in the same style of scenes doesn’t me we aren’t all part of the same business. Breaking down existing barriers that negate equality is extremely important to me.”

The appearance re-emphasizes APAC’s mission to build bridges between seemingly segregated parts of the industry.

APAC is not a straight, gay, cis- or transgender organization; it’s an organization for adult performers. 

While there may be differences from performer to performer and studio to studio when it comes to particular obstacles and policies, APAC recognizes that adult performers, as sex workers, face many similar challenges. These challenges include anti-sex worker legislation, anti-porn stigma, social misunderstanding, sexual health concerns, and more.

The division of performers — based on sexuality, gender identity, race, and more — weakens our ability to meet these challenges together.

APAC’s mission is to recognize all adult performers and support their success, health, safety, and to cultivate a meaningful experience in the industry.

We encourage members to reach out to performers making different content than their own and to listen with an open heart and speak with compassion to build bridges, strengthen performer unity, and improve performer experiences.