ONLINE: Income Tax Lab with Leni Petoussis and Lauren Semeschuk

Feb. 22 and 25, 2021 – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Mon. and Thur.)
$22, must be eligible for *Emploi-Québec support
Capacity: 12 people, priority for full week attendance

WORKSHOP IN ENGLISH, some facilitation can be provided in French, but documents and conversation will be mostly in English.

Required: computer, ability to work with either excel or google sheets, uFile account


CONTENT // You can do it! This workshop will provide an overview of information, answer your questions, and give you tools to file your own taxes using the inexpensive online tax tool Ufile. Under the experienced guidance of Leni Petoussis and Lauren Semeschuk, participants will spend 6 hours together, over two days, learning the basics of tax filing and troubleshooting their own applications.

Potential topics include:

  • – What must you include as revenue and when must it be included?
  • – What is deductible as a business expense?
  • – What rules pertain specifically to artists?

As well as bookkeeping tips that will ensure you are well-prepared for tax time each year.

Please register in advance for this workshop! When you register, you will be sent an excel form to help you organize your expenses, as well as some basic information about registering for Ufile. We expect that participants will arrive on the first day having filled out as much information as possible on their UFile forms, and with their expenses organized. The more you prepare for the Lab, the more you will get out of it!

Please note that although it is possible that you will have a finished tax return at the end of this workshop, each person’s situation is unique, and we can’t guarantee that you will finish your filing.

For those feeling they need a one-on-one session post workshop, meetings can be arranged in the first week of March depending on availability.

BIO // Leni Petoussis is a Chartered Accountant who has been practising the profession since 2006. She has experience within a large accounting firm, and she also has a small personal practice offering tax filings for personal and corporate clients for the past 5 years. While specialized in corporate taxes, she also has a working knowledge of personal taxes.

Lauren Semeschuk is a dancer, mover and collaborator based in Montreal. She also has a secret side life: taxes! Lauren has over 9 years of experience preparing tax returns in Canada, with a specialty in returns for small business owners and artists alike.

To benefit from the subsidized rate by Emploi-Québec, you must:
– Live on the island of Montreal (civic address)
– Be an artist or cultural professional
– Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident or temporary foreign worker with a work permit (open or closed)

Are accepted: Part-time students, Employment Insurance (EI) or Income Assistance (IA) recipients (please notify your agent at Services Canada or MTESS).

Reimbursement policy – No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.