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Ken Burns

Recovering Stage Manager

Ken Burns went to school in 1986 to study accounting and computer science at the University of Waterloo and came out four years later yearning to be a stage manager! During his Equity apprenticeship, Ken discovered that there were many Artists who had not filed their tax returns, even though they were entitled to refunds, because ‘the whole tax thing’ was so just so daunting. As he met more Artists, Ken began to realize the purpose of his university years: helping Artists to demystify the tax process, understand the CRA requirements, and organize their record keeping having confidence in preparing appropriate income tax returns and pursuing fair assessments.

Since that time, Ken has worked as a freelance producer, Stage Manager in theatre (TFYA, regional, summer stock, industrial, commercial, touring), and ultimately Senior Business Representative for CAEA.

After more than two decades in the Arts, Ken ventured into small business (solar energy), politics (Green Party), education (Masters Environment and Business, University of Waterloo), government (Ministry of Labour), and currently works as a health and safety field consultant for Peninsula Canada. Throughout a varied and eclectic career, Ken continues to pursue his true calling of helping Artists to understand and confidently navigate their income tax requirements.

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