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

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.
Deducting Your State Income Taxes with a Pass-Through Entity
June 23, 2022. Many states have adopted an optional pass-through entity (PTE) tax that effectively enables some business owners to deduct state income tax on their business income without limit.
Exempt Job Categories Under California's AB5 Law
Find out which occupations are exempt from California's strict worker classification rules -- and the conditions for the different exemptions.
How to Form a Corporation in New York
To form a corporation in New York, you need to take the steps set forth below.
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.
Affordable Care Act Tax Credits: The Pay Back Requirements For Underestimating Annual Income
If you receive Affordable Care Act tax credits and underestimate your annual income, you may have to pay them back. The rules vary depending on the year.
Should an Independent Contractor Form an LLC?
Find out why it might make sense for you to form an LLC for your small business.
How to Start an LLC in Michigan
Here are the steps you need to take to form an LLC in Michigan.
How to Start an LLC in North Carolina
Here are the steps you need to take to form an LLC in North Carolina.
Tax Deductions for Writers
There are many deductions writers can take to reduce their taxable income for the year, and thereby reduce their taxes.