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 Business Curriculum: Money Management and Retirement

    Author: Tom Copeland

    Product Code:
    540450 (Three-ring binder set)
    ISBN:
    978-1-60554-045-0 (Three-ring binder set)

    Description & More Details



    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

    $149.95  
  • Family Child Care Business Curriculum: Marketing

    Author: Tom Copeland

    Product Code:
    540498 (Three-Ring Binder Set)
    ISBN:
    978-1-60554-049-8 (Three-Ring Binder Set)

    Description & More Details



    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

    $149.95  
  • Family Child Care Business Curriculum: Record Keeping and Taxes

    Author: Tom Copeland

    Product Code:
    540511 (Three-Ring Binder Set)
    ISBN:
    978-1-60554-051-1 (Three-Ring Binder Set)

    Description & More Details



    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

    $149.95  
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