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

Retirement Tax Changes in the Cares Act
In the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, tax law changes make it easier to take money out of--or keep money in--retirement accounts.
IRS Eases Enforcement Efforts During Coronavirus Pandemic
Learn about the IRS's new People First Initiative—a sweeping series of steps designed to make life easier on people facing tax issues due to COVID-19.
IRS Extends 2019 Income Tax Filing and Payment Deadline in Response to COVID-19
In response to COVID-19, the IRS is extending the time to file and pay 2019 income taxes by 90 days -- until July 15, 2020.
The CARES Act: Key Tax Law Changes
From rebates to retirement fund withdrawals to deducting business losses, learn about important changes to the tax laws intended to help boost the flailing economy.
Force Majeure Contract Provisions During the Coronavirus Outbreak
With the disruptions caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many people are checking their contracts to see if they include a force majeure provision.
New Rules for Charitable Contribution Deductions Under the CARES Act
Learn about the new $300 universal nonitemized “above the line” charitable deduction authorized in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.
IRS Makes Changes to Estimated Taxes for the Self-Employed in Response to Coronavirus
Learn what measures the IRS has taken to reduce the burden of estimated taxes for the self-employed.
IRS Help for Nonprofits During COVID-19: New Deductions, Tax Credits, and Loan Programs
Learn about new tax credits, loan programs, and changes to charitable deduction laws created to ease the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on nonprofits.
Can Independent Contractors File For Unemployment?
Due to the coronavirus and the relief legislation that has been passed, some independent contractors may now qualify for unemployment benefits.
How to Start an LLC in Wisconsin
Here are the steps you need to take to form an LLC in Wisconsin.