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

Tax Deductions for Homeowners
Learn about the many tax benefits of owning your own home.
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.
How to Start an LLC in Alaska
Here are the steps you need to take to form an LLC in Alaska.
What Home Improvements Are Tax Deductible?
Home improvements can provide certain tax benefits although not tax deductions.
The Top Tax Deductions for Your Small Business
Using these tax deductions for your small business can save you money.
Who Qualifies as a Dependent for Tax Purposes?
Many taxpayers mistakenly pass up on valuable tax credits you can take for dependents.
Is an EIN Required for a Sole Proprietor?
A federal employer identification number, or EIN, is a nine-digit number the IRS assigns to businesses for tax filing and reporting purposes. The IRS uses the EIN to identify the taxpayer.
How Much Can a Dependent Child Earn Before Having to File Their Own Tax Return?
Learn the rules about when a child must file a tax return because of earned and unearned income.
Top Ten Tax Deductions for Landlords
Learn about the many tax deductions available to rental property owners.
The Simplified Home Office Deduction
In a rare move to simplify life for taxpayers, the IRS created a simplified optional home office deduction.