Stephen Fishman

J.D., University of Southern California Law School

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 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 Taxes, and Working for Yourself: Law and Taxes for Independent Contractors, Freelancers & Consultantspublished by Nolo. 

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Recent Articles
Taxation Independent Contractors FAQs
Are you an employee or an independent contractor? It's important to know the answer since it'll affect how you pay your taxes. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers guidelines to help you determine the difference. If you're an independent contractor, you'll have more responsibilities when it comes ... Read more

Deductible Medical Travel and Transportation Costs
Of course, nobody likes it when they or a family member is ill and needs medical attention. To make matters worse, health care costs are usually high. To help defray some of those costs, you may be able to take a deduction for some of your medical expenses. How Much & What Can You Deduct? You can take ... Read more

Deduction for Nonbusiness Bad Debts
You've probably made a loan to someone you know, "just until payday," or "after the new job pans out." There are countless situations and reasons for lending someone money. Unfortunately, you're not always repaid. There may be some relief, though. You may be able to recover some of your losses taking ... Read more

How to Claim the Disability Tax Credit
Nobody likes paying taxes, but smart tax planning eases the pain. Tax credits are incredibly valuable because they directly reduce or lower the amount of taxes we may have to pay the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at the end of the year. Some of the more common credits are the Earned Income Credit (EIC) ... Read more

Tax Deduction for Worthless Securities
If you're like many investors, you've lost money on some of your investments. It's not a hopeless situation, though. You may be able to recoup or recover some of your losses by taking a tax deduction for worthless securities. Like many things in the tax code, though, there are special rules and restrictions ... Read more