03/20/12 12:36pm
brass taxes corn

Please do not ask us why Rus has printed his logo on corn husks.

Dear lollygaggers, today is your TOTALLY last chance to enter our exclusive Brass Taxes giveaway, in which comedian-turned-tax-prep-guy Rus Garofalo, who specializes in helping freelancers, will do yours for free. A normally $200 value, all yours, gratis. Enter now and you get free carrots and hummus. Email taxes@brokelyn.com by midnight tonight. The winner will be notified tomorrow (Tuesday, March 21).

03/06/12 10:51am

Hi I’m Rus Garofalo, I own Brass Taxes, a company that specializes in helping freelancers save money on their taxes. I started it because when I was a freelance video editor and actor, I thought tax help was a rip-off for lazy people, anxious people frightened by numbers, or really rich people. Then I worked with a tax preparer and got mad that I’d been screwing myself so badly.  So I started telling my freelancer friends about it and doing their returns. Then I took lots of boring classes until I became a tax pro.

My friend Russ (yes, same name, weird) has always done his taxes himself. I asked him to do his taxes using an online service, then I would do them and we’d compare the results. Watch the video yourself to see if doing taxes yourself is really worth it. (The video is staged, but the return numbers and times are real. The carrots and hummus are real too.) (more…)

03/23/11 6:31am

If you’re a Brokelyn reader, there’s a reasonable chance you’re a creative of some type, a freelancer or a DIYer. Go ahead and DIY those sock-monkey dolls, those hand-painted picture frames and ye olde avocado hair mask, but Rus Garofalo of Brass Taxes says the DIY approach doesn’t work too well for taxes.

Rus (above) is a video editor and improvisor in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn who took a day job assisting a tax preparer three years ago during the great freelance slowdown — and discovered more in his day job than he expected.

Since then, he’s made a specialty of doing affordably priced tax preparation (by that we mean $200 ish) for freelancers, artists, and other nice people like Onion writers, Colbert Report producers, crafty Etsy folks, actors, musicians and, yep, Brokelyn contributors. (Three of us, actually.) (more…)