Tom Copeland is the nation’s leading expert on the business of family child care. He is an independent consultant, trainer, author, and family child care advocate.
Tom offers a variety of workshops and webinars on business issues for family child care providers, trainers, and tax preparers. Since 1981 he has helped hundreds of thousands of people understand complex business and tax issues.
In 2004 he won the Advocate of the Year Award from the National Association for Family Child Care. In 1998 he won the Child Care Advocate of the Year award from the Minnesota Licensed Family Child Care Association. He has represented numerous providers in IRS audits and has won five US Tax Court cases.
A licensed attorney, Tom authored two proposals, adopted by the IRS that significantly reduced the record keeping requirements of child care providers. The first IRS regulation reduced the paperwork for providers who hire part-time employees. The second one allowed family child care providers to use a standard meal allowance rate to claim food expenses.
Tom graduated from Macalester College (BA) in 1972 and from William Mitchell College of Law (JD) in 1980.
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