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  • Press Releases
    survey conducted by the National Association for the Self Employed NASE ranked decreasing monthly premiums as the one thing they would change about their current health care plan The new survey of small business owners released today by NASE the nation s leading advocate and resource for the self employed and micro business community comes days before the closing of the 2015 health care open enrollment period SELF EMPLOYED RESPONSE TO THE STATE OF THE UNION Jan 20 2015 Katie Vlietstra Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs for the National Association for the Self Employed NASE the nation s leading advocate and resource for the self employed and micro business community offered reaction this evening to President Barack Obama s State of the Union Address stating true middle class economics means supporting the small business community and allowing them to be the foundation of our growing economy MEDIA AVAIL 2015 SMALL BUSINESS OUTLOOK Dec 29 2014 As we approach the start of the New Year the National Association for the Self Employed NASE the nation s leading advocate and resource for the self employed and micro business community today offers its prognosis for the small business community in 2015 National Association for the Self Employed Applauds Small Business Health Care Bill Dec 15 2014 The National Association for the Self Employed NASE the nation s leading advocate and resource for the self employed and micro business community today applauded the introduction of the Small Business Healthcare Relief Act of 2014 which would allow for standalone health reimbursement arrangements HRAs for small employers 49 or less employees Katie Vlietstra Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs said the bill is a big win for the small business community but today s introduction is only the first step in a long process before it becomes law SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY Nov 25 2014 Ahead of this week s Small Business Saturday a national day established to support small businesses across the country the National Association for the Self Employed NASE the nation s leading advocate and resource for the self employed and micro business community unveiled five top member benefits to help entrepreneurs start and grown their businesses Health Care Marketplace Open Enrollment Set to Begin this Saturday November 15th Nov 13 2014 Ahead of Saturday s opening of the 2015 open enrollment period for the individual health care marketplace the National Association for the Self Employed NASE the nation s leading advocate and resource for the self employed and micro business community released a series of tips for small business owners to help them prepare Open enrollment for health care coverage is set to start this Saturday November 15th and will run through February 15th 2015 FLASH POLL Women Small Business Owners 86 Definitely Voting in November 4th Elections Oct 28 2014 With a week to go before this year s 2014 midterm elections a new flash survey by the National Association for the Self Employed NASE the nation

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/page/2 (2016-02-14)
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  • Small Businesses Support Immigration Reform & Want Effective E-Verify System
    Effective E Verify System Thursday May 16 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday May 16 2013 CONTACT Kristofer Eisenla Luna Eisenla Media kristofer eisenlamedia com 202 670 5747 mobile Small Businesses Support Immigration Reform Want Effective E Verify System NASE Survey 77 Find Reform an Important Issue to Their Business WASHINGTON As U S Senate Committee s consider comprehensive immigration reform legislation today including an E Verify requirement Katie Vlietstra Director of Government Affairs for The National Association for the Self Employed NASE the nation s leading resource for the self employed and micro businesses responded that America s smallest businesses are not only ready and willing to comply with an E Verify requirement but want a process that works at verifying if an employee can work legally in this country We must work towards a fair balanced and sensible approach to modernizing our immigration system said Vlietstra This must include simple and effective verification systems for small business owners to comply by verifying the legality of any potential employee to work in this country Small businesses are willing to comply but must have an efficient and effective process of doing so The NASE conducted a survey of its membership between February 25 March 18 2013 showing that America s smallest businesses the self employed and micro businesses with ten or less employees find the issue of immigration reform important want Congress to develop a balanced solution and are willing to comply with new reform regulations Some of the key findings from the online survey of 432 NASE members on the issue of immigration reform released today included Over 77 indicated that immigration reform was important responding to the question How Important is immigration reform to you and your business 26 6 responded extremely important 26 4 responded very important 24 3 responded slightly important When asked When should an employer have to comply with an employment verification system 58 8 of respondents replied that anyone who has either full or part time employees 79 of the respondents indicated No that they would not pay to outsource employment verification on the immigration status of all new hires should it become mandatory We want to comply with any new immigration requirements as long as they are not burdensome and impact our businesses and bottom lines said Stephen McNeilly owner of ServiceProz Inc and a member of the NASE Member Council The E Verify system we currently already use takes too long to verify employment We need a system that is efficient easy to use and isn t complex The survey s complete top lines are available online at NASE s website here The National Association for the Self Employed NASE is the nation s leading resource for the self employed and micro businesses bringing a broad range of benefits to help entrepreneurs succeed and to drive the continued growth of this vital segment of the American economy The NASE Small Business Locator helps identify and connect our nation s smallest businesses The

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2013/05/16/small-businesses-support-immigration-reform-want-effective-e-verify-system (2016-02-14)
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  • Arslan Message to Congress: Make the Tax Code Fair for all Small Businesses
    we embody the real entrepreneurial spirit of America Instead of standing in line at the unemployment office we step out of it to create our own job while helping the national economy improve at the same time Unfortunately the political and economic environment is sour at best for our country s smallest businesses Despite paying our taxes and contributing to the economy we face enormous challenges with barriers and roadblocks The implementation of the upcoming health care law means additional taxes that threaten our bottom lines A lopsided individual and corporate tax structure treats us unfairly during tax time And the unresolved spending cuts at the federal level indicate that access to credit and capital will be difficult These items combined with the uncertainty of our nation s fiscal health puts our success at risk We need a level playing field to be competitive We need a supportive policy environment that fosters the creation of new small businesses and growth and expansion of existing small businesses We write today because as Congress and its committees continue conversations about changing the tax code it s critical that our businesses and the contributions we make to our country s economy are considered The current discussion drafts and frameworks that have been proposed fail to address loopholes in the tax code that treat the majority of small businesses unfairly Even worse most of the current discussions about tax changes have forgotten about our communities priorities altogether What we ve seen thus far is quite simply more of the same If we are going to invest in strengthening the tax code we should do it right and address everything on the table It can be done Consider this The self employed and micro businesses and employees who work from a home office stand to benefit from a new streamlined IRS home office standard deduction option that takes effect in 2014 The new option will save small businesses owners who work from home both time and money This is just one example of how to remove barriers and make the tax code simpler for the small business community Now is the time for big ideas and simple changes to the tax code that will inspire Americans to open and grow their own small businesses Any change to the tax code must include fundamental priorities of America s smallest businesses that are at the heart of our economy These include Amending the definition of employee to include the owner of a sole proprietorship would allow them to take advantage of fringe benefits such as a Health Reimbursement Account plan retirement plan contributions and health insurance premiums without the owner having to form a corporation and incur additional expenses Allowing for the self employed heath insurance deduction to become a permanent business expense by making it a line item on Schedule C rather than on Form 1040 making the deduction a business expense comparable to the way it s treated for big businesses Simplifying the definition of

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2013/04/18/arslan-message-to-congress-make-the-tax-code-fair-for-all-small-businesses (2016-02-14)
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  • Survey Shows Self-Employed, Small Business Owners Want Congress to Enact Immigration Reform
    Survey Shows Self Employed Small Business Owners Want Congress to Enact Immigration Reform Monday April 15 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday April 15 2013 CONTACT Kristofer Eisenla Luna Eisenla Media kristofer eisenlamedia com 202 670 5747 mobile New Survey Shows Self Employed Small Business Owners Want Congress to Enact Immigration Reform National Association for the Self Employed Surveys Over 400 Members Nationwide Over 77 Find Reform an Important Issue to Their Business WASHINGTON As the debate over immigration reform heats up in Congress The National Association for the Self Employed NASE the nation s leading resource for the self employed and micro businesses today released an online survey of over 400 of its members nationwide on the issue The survey conducted between February 25 March 18 2013 shows that America s smallest businesses the self employed and micro businesses with ten or less employees find the issue of immigration reform important want Congress to develop a balanced solution and are willing to comply with new reform regulations Our survey clearly demonstrates that small business owners and self employed Americans want Congress to come up with a sensible bipartisan immigration reform solution Not only do small business owners overwhelmingly want to comply with new reform measures but also want Congress to come up with a balanced approach for how to pay for things such as a verification process said Kristie Arslan President and CEO of the NASE Some of the key findings from the online survey of 432 NASE members on the issue of immigration reform that was released today included Over 77 indicated that immigration reform was important responding to the question How Important is immigration reform to you and your business 26 6 responded extremely important 26 4 responded very important 24 3 responded slightly important When asked When should an employer have to comply with an employment verification system 58 8 of respondents replied that anyone who has either full or part time employees 79 of the respondents indicated No that they would not pay to outsource employment verification on the immigration status of all new hires should it become mandatory We want to comply with any new immigration requirements as long as they are not burdensome and impact our businesses and bottom lines said Stephen McNeilly owner of ServiceProz Inc and a member of the NASE Member Council The E Verify system we currently already use takes too long to verify employment We need a system that is efficient easy to use and isn t complex The survey s complete top lines are available online at NASE s website here The National Association for the Self Employed NASE is the nation s leading resource for the self employed and micro businesses bringing a broad range of benefits to help entrepreneurs succeed and to drive the continued growth of this vital segment of the American economy The NASE Small Business Locator helps identify and connect our nation s smallest businesses The NASE is a 501 c 6 nonprofit

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2013/04/15/survey-shows-self-employed-small-business-owners-want-congress-to-enact-immigration-reform (2016-02-14)
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  • Reaction Statement on President’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget: Tax Reform Must Be Fair and Comprehensive
    Year 2014 Budget Tax Reform Must Be Fair and Comprehensive Wednesday April 10 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday April 10 2013 CONTACT Kristofer Eisenla Luna Eisenla Media kristofer eisenlamedia com 202 670 5747 mobile Reaction Statement on President s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Tax Reform Must Be Fair and Comprehensive Policymakers Should Recognize Contributions of America s Smallest Businesses WASHINGTON With the release of President Barack Obama s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Katie Vlietstra Director of Government Relations for The National Association for the Self Employed NASE the nation s leading resource for the self employed and micro businesses responded today We cannot agree more with President Obama s budget that aims to make the tax code more simple and fair But the sad reality is our tax code is unfair for the millions of small businesses that want to grow and expand their small businesses and even more deterring for those who want to open their own small businesses While job creation and closing loopholes are important just as essential is creating the environment for new and existing small businesses to thrive without a paper trail of unnecessary and complex requirements This comes as the Small Business Committee holds a hearing today entitled Small Business Tax Reform Growth Through Simplicity where Vlietstra continued that any meaningful tax reform must recognize the 22 million self employed and micro businesses nationwide Now is the time for big ideas yet simple changes to reform our tax code to ensure it s fair and comprehensive for everyone To create a level playing field for all small businesses any tax reform package must recognize the contributions of America s smallest businesses the self employed and micro businesses We are helping rebuild our economy from the ground up and it would be a missed opportunity

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2013/04/10/reaction-statement-on-president-s-fiscal-year-2014-budget-tax-reform-must-be-fair-and-comprehensive (2016-02-14)
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  • 20 Days Until Tax Day – Are You Ready?
    IRAs and 401 k plan have increased Sales tax deduction extended for 2012 Tuition expense deduction extended for 2012 AMT exemption amount extended for 2012 and made permanent TAX TIPS Avoid Shortcuts Tax Tip 4 Just about three weeks left until the dreaded IRS due date for individual income tax returns The closer we get to that filing due date the greater the temptations become to take a short cut You may have heard yourself saying things like I think I had about 4 000 business miles last year so I ll just use that number again Or I think I had about 1 100 in meals last year so let s just use that again It is imperative to avoid those temptations Now is the time to make sure your tax return is the best it can be If the IRS does choose to ask you a question about this return it won t be next week or even next month but will be over two years from now You won t remember why you included 4 000 business miles or 1 100 in meals and you will lose those deductions Take some extra time now to do your return right Avoid those tempting shortcuts You ll be glad you did Commonly Missed Deductions Tax Tip 3 As you probably know most business deductions that are included on the small business owner s tax return come right out of your business checkbook You write a check use your debit card or pay an online bill and then you just have to decide which line on your Schedule C to include the expenses But many deductions don t show up in your business checkbook and if you don t know how to look for them they could be missed The business use of your vehicle and the business use of a part of your home are both often overlooked leaving thousands of dollars on the table The potential tax savings benefit of a retirement contribution is also often overlooked since no one ever sends us a reminder or a bill So before you send in that return make sure you look for these hidden deductions and remember to invest in your own future Resources You Are Not Alone Tax Tip 2 Hopefully you are well on your way to accumulating all of the paper statements and receipts you ll need to complete your tax return Tackling your return can certainly be difficult with all of the detail that you are asked to remember But the single most important thing to remember is that you are not alone If you have an Internet connection you have resources to help you with your tax return Check out NASE org for help with any questions that you might have related to your 2012 tax return Also bookmark the IRS website at IRS gov in order to get the detail directly from the horse s mouth The key point is that you have resources

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2013/03/27/20-days-until-tax-day-are-you-ready- (2016-02-14)
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  • NASE LAUDS TAX RELIEF BILL
    Retirement Savings and Planning 401 k Calculator How long will my retirement savings last Tax 1040 Tax Calculator Payroll Deductions Calculator Self Employment Tax Calculator Helpful Links ASBDC Member Directory Search My NASE About Me Account Benefits Optional Benefits Payment Details Expert Questions Email Subscriptions Membership Directory Press Releases The Latest News from the NASE View all NASE news NASE LAUDS TAX RELIEF BILL Thursday March 21 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday March 21 2013 CONTACT Kristofer Eisenla Luna Eisenla Media kristofer eisenlamedia com 202 670 5747 mobile NASE LAUDS TAX RELIEF BILL Modest Deduction Could Impact Millions of Small Businesses WASHINGTON The National Association for the Self Employed NASE the nation s leading resource for the self employed and micro businesses today applauded the introduction of H R 886 the America s Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2013 Introduced by U S Reps Jim Gerlach R PA and Ron Kind D WI the NASE supports this legislation that provides for a permanent deduction for several key small business tax deductions including the health insurance deduction for the self employed which is one of NASE s signature legislative priorities As millions of self employed small businesses struggle to make their bottom line small but significant changes like those proposed in the Gerlach Kind legislation to the tax code can ensure that America s small businesses are treated equitably and fairly said Katie Vlietstra NASE Director of Government Affairs The ability for the self employed to deduct their health insurance premiums will immediately pump millions of dollars back into the economy essentially causing a micro stimulus that will result in business growth for America s self employed 78 of all small businesses Since the passage of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 which included a one year self employment

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  • Tax Tips for the 2012 Tax Filing Season
    public awareness initiative In addition to ensuring the public and America s smallest businesses file accurate and beneficial returns for 2012 the NASE is helping to make the public aware of upcoming changes to this year s tax code while offering tax advice assistance and resources Millions of small businesses are set to file their 2012 returns in just about a month We want to make sure they are aware of the changes to the tax code while providing tips to ensure they file accurate returns that help maximize their savings said Kristie Arslan President and CEO of the NASE In the week s leading up to Tax Day the NASE will release a variety of tax tips to help the public better prepare their 2012 tax return Beginning March 4 th a new tax tip will be posted weekly on the NASE website The NASE will also make their tax experts available through numerous tax webinar sessions designed to help the public Each webinar is live with one of the NASE s tax experts and allows participants to submit questions to be answered live on the webinar by the expert You can never be too prepared when filing your tax returns said Keith Hall NASE National Tax Advisor When filing your taxes you want to make sure you are aware of the changes and how to use them to your advantage Our tax tips and resources are designed to help the small business community do just that The following tax tips have been released by the NASE as part of its national public awareness initiative which are also posted on the NASE blog Self Made Resources You Are Not Alone Tax Tip 2 Released March 11 th Hopefully you are well on your way to accumulating all of the paper statements and receipts you ll need to complete your tax return Tackling your return can certainly be difficult with all of the detail that you are asked to remember But the single most important thing to remember is that you are not alone If you have an Internet connection you have resources to help you with your tax return Check out NASE org for help with any questions that you might have related to your 2012 tax return Also bookmark the IRS website at IRS gov in order to get the detail directly from the horse s mouth The key point is that you have resources and you re not alone Starting Early Tax Tip 1 Released March 4 th It s already the first week of March and tax day the dreaded April 15 is closer than you think When beginning the process of completing your tax return it s never too early to start early Make sure you have compiled you own personal stack of paper that you will need to fill out all of those pesky IRS forms such as 1099s W 2s K 1 s 1098s etc Use last year s tax return as a

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