Stephen Fishman


Stephen Fishman has dedicated his career as an attorney and author to writing useful, authoritative, and recognized guides on business, taxation, and intellectual property matters for small businesses, entrepreneurs, independent contractors, and freelancers. He is the author of over 20 books and hundreds of articles, and has been quoted in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, and many other publications. Among his books are Every Landlord’s Tax Deduction Guide, Deduct It! Lower Your Small Business TaxesTax Guide for Short-Term Rentals: Airbnb, HomeAway, VRBO and Moreand Working for Yourself: Law and Taxes for Independent Contractors, Freelancers & Consultants, published by Nolo.  You can visit Stephen’s website at

Articles By Stephen Fishman

FAQs About Tax Deductions When Renting Out Property on Airbnb
As a landlord on Airbnb or a similar short-term rental site, you may enjoy the benefits of some tax deductions. But of course, there's fine print to consider, as shown in these frequently asked questions.
Are Nonprofit Directors and Officers Employees or Independent Contractors?
Directors and officers who are paid by a nonprofit must be classified for payroll and other tax purposes.
The Earned Income Tax Credit: A Valuable Credit for Low Income Earners
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is money the federal government provides to low income working people to help them make ends meet.
The 20% Pass-Through Tax Deduction for Business Owners
Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, pass-through business entity owners can potentially deduct 20% of their business income.
Tax Deductions for Homeowners
Learn about the many tax benefits of owning your own home.
Top Six Tax Deductions for Seniors and Retirees
Here's a list of the top tax deductions for those over 50.
Using the Standard Mileage Rate to Deduct Business Driving Expenses
Learn the rules for deducting your local business travel expenses using the standard mileage rate.
Actual Expense Method Versus Standard Mileage Rate
You could get much larger deductions using the actual expense method instead of the standard mileage rate.
What Are the Chances of Being Audited?
Find out more about IRS audit rates and the odds of you being audited.