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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 Record Keeping Guide, 9th Edition

    Author: Tom Copeland
    Product Code: 543970
    ISBN: 978-1-60554-397-0

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    Published by Redleaf Press free sample Family Child Care Record-Keeping Guide 9e

    Family Child Care Record-Keeping Guide, Ninth Edition, is the new edition of the bestselling guide and has even more valuable information for tracking expenses and income and saving money on your taxes. Revised and updated, the Family Child Care Record-Keeping Guide covers everything you need to keep accurate business records. It provides clarifications on new tax rules and resources to help you stay up-to-date on the most current tax laws.

    Softbound, 216 pgs.

  • Family Child Care 2015 Tax Companion

    Author: Tom Copeland
    Product Code: 101015
    ISBN: 978-1-60554-443-4

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    Published by Redleaf Press

    There are many unique tax rules that affect your family child care business: Time-Space percentage, Food Program and food expenses, general house expenses, and more. The Family Child Care 2015 Tax Companion is a comprehensive tool that will help your tax preparer understand your business. Using this resource will increase your confidence in the tax professional who prepares your return, help you identify potential errors before your taxes are filed, and ensure that your tax preparer is claiming all allowable deductions.

  • Family Child Care 2015 Tax Workbook and Organizer

    Author: Tom Copeland
    Product Code: 100815
    ISBN: 978-1-60554-444-1

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    Published by Redleaf Press

    The most comprehensive resource available, this book contains up-to-date guidance so you can accurately complete your own tax return and take advantage of all the business deductions that you're entitled to claim. It contains information about new tax laws, tips to help you save money, and tools that will take the guesswork out of doing your taxes.

    The Family Child Care 2015 Tax Workbook and Organizer provides updates on retirement plan limits and Saver's Credit limits, and highlights from recent Tax Court cases.

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