About the Author:

Tom Copeland Photo Tom Copeland is the nation’s leading expert on the business of family child care. A renowned tax and child care business specialist and licensed attorney, Tom received his BA from Macalester College, and JD from William Mitchell College of Law. He is the author and coauthor of numerous books including Family Child Care Contracts & Policies, Family Child Care Record-Keeping Guide, Managing Legal Risks in Early Childhood Programs, Family Child Care Marketing Guide, Family Child Care Money Management and Retirement Guide, Family Child Care Business Planning Guide, Family Child Care Legal & Insurance Guide, annual editions of Family Child Care Tax Workbook and Organizer, and Family Child Care Tax Companion, and Family Child Care Inventory Keeper.

Each year Tom trains thousands of family child care providers, trainers, and tax preparers on important business issues, including record keeping, taxes, marketing, contracts, and legal issues. Currently, he is a consultant for the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC). 

Tom has received numerous awards for his work including; the Friends of NAFCC Award from the National Association for Family Child Care, and the 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

Visit our Ask the Expert with Tom Copeland page to see some previously answered Family Child Care Business questions or to ask your own!

Tom Copeland 's Books

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  • Family Child Care 2018 Tax Workbook & Organizer

    Author: Tom Copeland

    Product Code:
    100818 (Softbound)
    ISBN:
    978-1-60554-648-3 (Softbound)

    Description & More Details

    Published by Redleaf Press New Product

    Save time and money at tax season with the most comprehensive family child care resource available.

    280 pages
    Available January 2019

    $18.95  
  • Family Child Care 2018 Tax Companion

    Author: Tom Copeland

    Product Code:
    101018 (Softbound)
    ISBN:
    978-1-60554-649-0 (Softbound)

    Description & More Details

    Published by Redleaf Press New Product

    Feel confident when preparing your taxes and ensure all business expenses are properly deducted.

    72 pages
    Available January 2019

    $18.95  
  • Family Child Care Contracts and Policies, 4th Edition

    Author: Tom Copeland

    Product Code:
    546506 (Softbound)
    546513 (e-book)
    ISBN:
    978-1-60554-650-6 (Softbound)
    978-1-60554-651-3 (e-book)

    Description & More Details

    Published by Redleaf Press New Product Free sample chapter

    The fourth edition of the business classic Family Child Care Contract & Policies offers the most comprehensive, up-to-date tools for family child care providers to better communicate with parents and reduce conflicts, establish and enforce contracts and policies, and demonstrate provider professionalism. New to this edition is expanded advice on offering part-time and after-hours care, and charging for vacation time. Supplementary online materials include customizable forms and worksheets.

    184 pages

    $19.95  
    $19.95  
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