Stephen Fishman

J.D. · USC Gould School of Law

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 TaxesEvery Airbnb Host's Tax Guideand Working for Yourself: Law and Taxes for Independent Contractors, Freelancers & Consultants, published by Nolo.

Articles By Stephen Fishman

Small Nonprofits: Qualifying for Tax-Exempt Status Without Filing an IRS Application
If your nonprofit organization makes less than $5,000 per year, you may be able to obtain tax-exempt status from the IRS without filing a Form 1023 application.
How Does the Capital Gains Tax Exclusion Apply to Three Co-Owners of a Home?
Every co-owner, married or not, can claim a $250,000 exclusion, if other conditions apply.
If I Donate Use of My Vacation Property for a Charity Auction, Is Its Rental Value Tax Deductible?
Learn the limits of donating a stay in your vacation rental to a charity auction.
Deducting Dues and Subcriptions
Learn which types of dues you pay to professional, business, and civic organizations are deductible business expenses.
Employee Fringe Benefits That are Tax Free
Find out which job fringe benefits are tax free.
Taxes When You Sell Things Online
Find out what your tax reporting obligations are if you sell something online.
What Happens If You Don't File Your Tax Return?
Find out the consequences and your options if you fail to file a tax return.
Severance Pay Is Subject to FICA Taxes
Severance payments are wages and are subject to regular FICA taxes.
Business Expenses That Are Never Deductible
Congress has decided it would be against public policy to allow certain expenses to be deducted under any circumstances.
How Can I Use Copyright-Free Works (in the Public Domain)?
Many works of art, music and literature are no longer protected by copyright.