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Tom Copeland


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.

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Tom Copeland's Books

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  • Family Child Care Business Planning Guide (e-book)

    Author: Tom Copeland
    Product Code: 541686
    ISBN: 978-1-60554-168-6

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    Published by Redleaf Press e-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 pgs.

  • Family Child Care Contracts and Policies, 3rd Edition (e-book)

    Author: Tom Copeland   Editor: Deloris Friske
    Product Code: 541693
    ISBN: 978-1-60554-169-3

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    Published by Redleaf Press e-book

    The most comprehensive family child care (daycare) contract book available now includes a CD-ROM with customizable forms and worksheets.

    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.

    168 pgs.

  • Family Child Care Legal and Insurance Guide (e-book)

    Author: Tom Copeland
    Product Code: 541662
    ISBN: 978-1-60554-166-2

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    Published by Redleaf Press e-book

    Protect yourself and your business with legal and insurance strategies designed specifically for family child care providers.

    The Family Child Care Legal and Insurance Guide takes the intimidation out of running a family child care business by helping you with legal and insurance planning. From researching and purchasing insurance to protecting against lawsuits, family child care expert Tom Copeland details the many practical ways you can maximize your knowledge about the safeguards needed to ensure the health and prosperity of your business.

    230 pgs.

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