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

IRS Schedule B, Foreign Accounts, and FBAR Filing Requirements
Learn what triggers filing requirements for Schedule B and foreign accounts.
Top Personal Tax Deductions
Here are the top personal deductions for individuals.
What Tax-Free Benefits Can Nonprofits Give Volunteers?
Learn what type of tax-free rewards and benefits you can -- and can't -- offer to volunteers.
The Kiddie Tax: Limits on Shifting Unearned Income to Children
Learn about the kiddie tax and changes to the rules for 2020.
Avoiding Capital Gains Tax When Selling Your Home: Read the Fine Print
You may exclude up to $250,000 per co-owner of your capital gain from tax -- or up to $500,000 for married couples filing jointly.
New Tax Reporting Rules Start in 2022 for Payments by PayPal and Other Third-Party Payment Providers
In the past, the IRS often didn't know about payments made through PayPal or similar services. But in 2002, new tax reporting rules take effect.
When Do You Need a Copyright Notice on Websites (And Where Do You Place It)?
How to best use a copyright notice to deter infringement of your website content.
California's AB5 Gig-Worker Law
California Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) changed the rules for how employers determine whether a worker is an employee or independent contractor.
New Savings Accounts (ABLE) for Disabled People
Learn about the tax-advantaged savings account: the ABLE Account.
How to Start an LLC in California
Here are the ten steps you need to form an LLC in California, including filing paperwork with the Secretary of State and registering with the Franchise Tax Board.