If you’re working in any of the creative disciplines, whether it’s music, ceramics, theater, or web site production, then you’ve probably found yourself in a unique tax situation.

A&E Tax Service, Inc.®, founded by Michael Davidson in 1992, serves this distinctive clientele. After many years in the Arts and Entertainment business himself, from promotion and production of shows, to stage management and stage hand work, he has a great deal of first-hand experience running a small business in the arts world and is intimately familiar with the complicated tax laws for these types of enterprises. Michael realized that many of his peers did not use these laws to their best advantage, nor was there much small business expertise available for the arts community.

The business has grown and evolved over the years to encompass people beyond the theater where Michael had his roots. Many of our clients are visual, ceramic, or video artists as well as purveyors of intellectual property and other small businesses. Our clients participate in and appreciate Arts and Entertainment.

And more: Our staff brings broad personal and professional experience to the task. Our knowledge bases and personalities overlap and complement as well as contrast. We are as diverse as our client base. To learn more…

The A&E Team

The A&E Team — Photos by Alicia J. Rose, 2015


The A&E Team


MichaelHow many tax guys do you know who can work a follow spot? Michael spent many years in New York City working as a stage hand and as a lighting, scenery, and production designer. He was also instrumental in bringing the Big Top back to New York with the Big Apple Circus. In 1979, Michael moved to the Pacific Northwest to manage theatre for Seattle Community College before settling in Portland to produce shows through his own company, Michael Davidson Presents. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Pomona College and studied Stagecraft in the Master’s program at Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh.

Michael believes strongly in continuing education and is constantly enriching his broad knowledge base. He is a Licensed Tax Consultant and an Enrolled Agent, a Federal Tax Designation allowing him to represent clients with the Internal Revenue Service.


RebeccaRebecca came to A&E in 2007 as an office assistant while completing her education at PSU. Little did she know that her future would be in taxes! Rebecca is currently an Enrolled Agent, Licensed Tax Consultant as well as the Office Administrator. Her inquisitive mind lends itself well to tax work; she enjoys taking the many puzzle pieces that make up a return, putting them together, and presenting a clear picture that clients can understand and build from. Whether it is an individual, business or exempt organization return — Rebecca strives for excellence in customer service, timely communication and attention to detail. When not in the office, Rebecca enjoys photography, fashion and travel, but her true loves are her husband Darren and their beautiful family.


CarolWhat do verbs, trees and 1040’s all have in common? They are all part of Carol Wild’s background. She started her professional life as a French major out of Linfield College which logically led to: living in a mud hut in West Africa; a Master’s degree in Tropical Forestry from the University of Florida (go Gators); marriage to a fellow Oregonian who was living close to the mud hut in West Africa; to becoming a Licensed Tax Preparer in 2004, and moving on to become a Licensed Tax Consultant and an Enrolled Agent.

Outside of tax preparation and representing clients before the IRS, Carol also enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering, reading, and the occasional triathlon.


PattiPatti Johnson keeps us together and brings an added benefit — she is the only one with legible handwriting! She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature and has worked in promotion and public relations for most of her career. When she is not serving as our administrative lifeline she volunteers through Hospice Oregon and the Dove Lewis Animal Assisted Therapy Program.


Stephen ForbushBehind every great artist, there is a man making sure the frame hangs straight. Stephen Forbush is that man. With a passion for film and cinema, Steve has a background in providing project management and support for directors, animators, and software designers. When he’s not busy editing the next great documentary or helping to assemble tax returns, he can be found in the kitchen creating gourmet meals or enjoying Oregon’s many outdoor treasures!


Jack ArmstrongThe newest addition to the team, Jack is a reformed chef who spent 6 years cooking professionally before attending business school at Western Oregon University. Outside of the office you’ll find him cheering on Arsenal (and the Timbers of course), hitting the links, and exploring Portland’s ever expanding food scene with his wife and English bulldog.