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Tom Copeland

Biography:

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 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.

     
  • Family Child Care Business Planning Guide

    Author: Tom Copeland
    Product Code: 112901
    ISBN: 9781605540085

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

    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.

    104 pages

     
  • Family Child Care Business Curriculum: Record Keeping and Taxes

    Author: Tom Copeland
    Product Code: 540511
    ISBN: 978-1-60554-051-1

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    The Family Child Care Business Curriculum library covers five integral business topics for family child care providers. Written by Tom Copeland, JD, renowned tax and child care business specialist, these products include everything trainers need to share general business principles with providers. Each module in the series contains

    • Learning objectives and teaching techniques
    • PowerPoint files, reproducibles, and trainer notes
    • Handouts, including quizzes and class evaluations
    • Commonly-asked questions and answers
    • Classroom and follow-up activities



    3-ring binder, CD.

     
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