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Tom Copeland


Tom Copeland is a renowned tax and child care business specialist. A licensed attorney, Tom graduated from Macalester College (BA) in 1972 and from William Mitchell College of Law (JD) in 1980. He trains thousands of family child care providers, trainers, and tax preparers each year on important business issues, including record keeping, taxes, marketing, contracts, and legal issues. Tom is also the author of many books and resources for family child care providers. Currently, he is a consultant for the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC).

In 2003, he won the Friends of NAFCC Award from the National Association for Family Child Care. In 1998, he won the Child Care Advocate of the Year award from the Minnesota Licensed Family Child Care Association. He has represented numerous providers in IRS audits and has won three US Tax Court cases. In 2003, the IRS issued Revenue Procedure 2003-22 that allows family child care providers to use a standard meal allowance rate to claim food expenses. Tom was the author of the proposal that led to this rule.

Stay updated on Family Child Care business issues with Tom Copeland's blog at www.tomcopelandblog.com, email Tom Copeland at tomcopeland@live.com

Tom Copeland's Books

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  • Family Child Care Contracts and Policies, 3rd Edition

    Authors: Tom Copeland, Deloris Friske, Beth Mork
    Product Code: 107501
    ISBN: 978-192961079-2

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    Read the Table of Contents or a sample chapter of this book!

    This third edition of Family Child Care Contract and Policies is completely revised and expanded. A business classic, it offers the most up-to-date tools you need to establish and enforce contracts and policies and to demonstrate provider professionalism.

    Family Child Care Contracts and Policies explains:

    • How to establish good business relationships with parents
    • What to look for before signing contracts with parents
    • The vital information to include in contracts and policies
    • How to prevent conflicts with parents
    • When and how to end a contract

      • Family Child Care Contracts and Policies offers expanded and updated information on:
        • Handling rates, late payments, and other fees in your contract
        • Resolving disputes with clients
        • Enforcing your contract
        • Writing comprehensive policies
        • Terminating a contract

        Softbound, 168 pgs.

  • Family Child Care Money Management and Retirement Guide

    Author: Tom Copeland
    Product Code: 112801
    ISBN: 978-1-60554-009-2

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    Read a sample chapter and the table of contents from this book!

    Download Hiring an Employee Worksheet. Weekly expenses involved in hiring an employee (from page 82).

    There are a multitude of financial decisions that must be made when running a family child care business. This resource offers valuable advice—whether you are just starting out or are a seasoned child care provider—to learn how to worry less about monetary details so that you can keep your focus on the children.

    You will find information on ways to reduce your expenses, earn more money, and pay off your debt; how to handle special financial situations such as applying for a loan or grant; what you need to know about the basic principles of retirement planning; the five fundamental rules of investing and how to balance and diversify your investment portfolio; and information on the rules and benefits of the six major individual retirement account (IRA) plans.

    "As he has always done when writing about tax law, Tom has gone far beyond just a general overview on money management. You will find some really great ideas on tax-deductible pension plans and even on the inner workings of different kinds of investments ? you may even hear a WOW or two when you ask your tax/financial advisor whether they are right for you. We think the book can help make your money work as hard for you as you had to work to earn it!"
    Thomas C Jemison,
    Enrolled Agent, Certified Financial Planner

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  • Family Child Care Business Planning Guide

    Author: Tom Copeland
    Product Code: 112901
    ISBN: 9781605540085

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    A business plan is a comprehensive blueprint for how you will run your family child care business. This guide outlines each step for writing your own and explains how to use it to manage your business more effectively, whether you are just starting out or have an established operation.

    You will find information on the considerations that you should weigh before you decide to become a family child care provider; how to write a start-up plan; how to create a first-year budget and estimate your first-year business income and expenses; and how to use your annual budget as a tool to help communicate with your clients and manage your business more effectively. Softbound, 104 pgs.

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