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  • NASE To Congress: Put Self-Employed Health Deduction On Your Hearing Docket
    news NASE To Congress Put Self Employed Health Deduction On Your Hearing Docket Tuesday July 31 2012 For Immediate Release Contact Kristin Oberlander 202 466 2100 koberlander NASEadmin org Twitter NASEtweets Association Submits Letter Requesting Ways Means Subcommittee Explore Legislation Providing Permanent Deduction Washington D C July 31 2012 On behalf of the 21 million self employed Americans the National Association for the Self Employed NASE is once again holding Congressional leaders accountable for the lack of true small business legislation in the 112th session Earlier this week the NASE submitted a letter to the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Tax and Select Revenue formally requesting a hearing on H R 6102 America s Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2012 As the legislative calendar quickly compresses the NASE is calling on House leaders to move quickly to address the significant inequities faced by the self employed community as it relates to their inability to deduct their health insurance premiums stated NASE Director of Government Affairs Katie Vlietstra H R 6102 includes several additional provisions that would lift the tax burden placed on the self employed and small business community We stand united as we advocate for practical solutions to supporting and encouraging small business growth in the U S In June 2012 the NASE released its national health care survey in which 85 of respondents indicated that rising health coverage costs have been detrimental to themselves their families their businesses and their bottom line over the past three years Juxtapose this against the fact that in 2011 the number of insured self employed was at its highest 77 The self employed are forced to pay an average of 1800 more in taxes per year than their big business counterparts because of they do not have the ability to

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2012/07/31/NASE_To_Congress_Put_Self-Employed_Health_Deduction_On_Your_Hearing_Docket (2016-02-14)
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  • Bipartisan Legislation Would Make Health Insurance Deduction Permanent
    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 Bipartisan Legislation Would Make Health Insurance Deduction Permanent Friday July 13 2012 For Immediate Release Contact Kristin Oberlander 202 466 2100 koberlander NASEadmin org Twitter NASEtweets Bill Offers Enduring Solution To Several Small Business Tax Inequities Washington D C The National Association for the Self Employed NASE is enthusiastic in its support of H R 6102 America s Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2012 introduced by Representative Jim Gerlach R Pa and cosponsored by Rep Ron Kind D Wis which provides for a permanent deduction for several key small business tax deductions including the health insurance deduction for the self employed NASE s signature legislative priority Since the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 which included a one year self employment tax deduction for health insurance costs of sole proprietors we have aggressively advocated and courted champions in both chambers In the Senate Senators Landrieu D La and Snowe R Maine have introduced S 2050 and in the House Rep Herger R Calif has introduced H R 880 allowing for the retroactive deduction in the 2011 tax year The ability for the self employed to deduct their health insurance costs is paramount to the survivability of nearly 21 million Americans and their businesses As it stands the deduction averages around 1 800 per self employed individual and has an economic impact in the billions stated Katie Vlietstra NASE Director of Government Affairs We are pleased to have such strong support in both the Senate and the House and look forward to a day in the near future where the self

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2012/07/13/Bipartisan_Legislation_Would_Make_Health_Insurance_Deduction_Permanent (2016-02-14)
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  • Statement: One-Year Tax Extension Continues Short-Sighted Policy
    Legislative Action Center Business Help Ask the Experts Taxes Business Strategy Business Law Marketing 101 Finance Accounting Health Care Reform Marketing Advertising Real Estate Information Technology NASE Minute Get Help Tax Healthcare Reform Health Marketing 101 Business Management Marketing Advertising Real Estate Calculators Business Breakeven Analysis Calculator Cash Flow Calculator Equipment Buy vs Lease Investment Annual Rate of Return Calculator Mortgage Mortgage Loan Calculator 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 Statement One Year Tax Extension Continues Short Sighted Policy Monday July 09 2012 July 9 2012 For Immediate Release Contact Kristin Oberlander 202 466 2100 media nase org Twitter NASEtweets One Year Tax Extension Continues Short Sighted Policy WASHINGTON Today President Barack Obama announced he will support a 1 year tax cut extension for earners making 250 000 or less Kristie Arslan President and CEO of the National Association for the Self Employed NASE reacted today with weariness over one more temporary fix in the tax code The symbolic approach to leveling the tax playing field for millions of small businesses across the country is appreciated yet this solution cannot be applied piecemeal to the tax code Self employed business owners contribute nearly a trillion dollars to our economy and they need a more permanent solution Temporary tax provisions do nothing but make for difficult tax planning Additionally while we support the idea of the tax cut we believe that moving the threshold to 1 million would better account for the profits and revenues of the nation

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2012/07/09/Statement_One-Year_Tax_Extension_Continues_Short-Sighted_Policy (2016-02-14)
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  • Self-Employed Divided On Support For ACA
    Self Employed Divided On Support For ACA Monday July 02 2012 For Immediate Release Contact Kristin Oberlander 202 466 2100 koberlander NASEadmin org Twitter NASEtweets Affordability Questions Leave Self Employed Concerned Washington D C July 2 2012 In the wake of the Supreme Court s final ruling on the Affordable Care Act the self employed and micro businesses are concerned as to the impact the law will have on their health care budgets when the law goes into full effect in 2014 Nearly 900 self employed and micro business owners responded to the survey released within hours of the Supreme Court ruling With the law moving forward into the implementation stage the self employed are once again looking for more information from the federal government regarding issues of affordability and cost of care While business owners were divided on whether they supported the law or not one message is clear the self employed are still worried about rising health care costs and they want Congress to act said NASE President Kristie L Arslan Members of Congress should come together in a bipartisan fashion to address these concerns by fixing the health care law this year but I have to admit I m not holding my breath waiting for that to happen When asked how acquainted respondents were a staggering 71 had some familiarity with the health care law just under half 44 said they were generally familiar 33 percent said they were very familiar and 14 said they were extremely familiar Overall the majority of the respondents disagreed with the Supreme Court s decision to uphold the law though 36 indicated that they agreed with it In light of the ruling 87 of the self employed and micro business owners believe that Congress should repeal the entire law voicing concern that the law s reforms measures do little to address the cost and affordability of purchasing and maintaining health insurance In nod to November two thirds of all respondents said the Court s decision and their viewpoint on health care reform positive or negative would influence who they vote for in November Comments from this survey include the following I don t think the reform does anything to cut health care costs At this time we do not have health care insurance because it s so expensive My hope is that with the new law there will be more options and cheaper rates so everyone has an opportunity to have health coverage Something has to be done to control the cost of health care and health insurance This opens the door to more government intervention in our personal and business lives I currently have a HSA with a high deductible health insurance plan catastrophic care My fear is that this will no longer be adequate as the new law is introduced and I will be forced to pay more for coverage I don t want I am in favor of the law and would like to see more done to

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2012/07/02/Self-Employed_Divided_On_Support_For_ACA (2016-02-14)
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  • Supreme Court Decision Does Not Alleviate Concerns For The Self-Employed
    The Latest News from the NASE View all NASE news Supreme Court Decision Does Not Alleviate Concerns For The Self Employed Thursday June 28 2012 For Immediate Release Contact Kristin Oberlander 202 466 2100 koberlander NASEadmin org Twitter NASEtweets NASE Focusing On Implementation Of The Law Washington D C June 28 2012 After much anticipation the U S Supreme Court has reached a decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act in its entirety The NASE continues to maintain its original concern that the health care law does little to address the affordability of coverage for America s largest employment sector the self employed Cost remains a top barrier for the self employed and micro businesses 10 or fewer employees looking to protect themselves and their families Now that the law has been upheld small business owners remain concerned about the impact of its implementation especially as it relates to the establishment of Exchanges and regulations around essential health benefits the minimum allowable coverage a citizen will be required to purchase said NASE President Kristie L Arslan The NASE will continue to work with the Department of Health and Human Services and State Insurance Commissioners to ensure that the needs and concerns of the self employed are at the forefront of those tasked with implementing the remaining components of the law Health care coverage is important to the self employed over 77 percent of them currently have coverage the highest percentage on record The individual mandate is set to kick in starting in 2014 which means that the self employed will be required to purchase both more expansive and more expensive coverage The NASE will continue to urge Congress to move forward with improving the nation s health care system and to make changes to the law in hopes that one

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2012/06/28/Supreme_Court_Decision_Does_Not_Alleviate_Concerns_For_The_Self-Employed (2016-02-14)
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  • High Gas Prices Still Hurting Self-Employed Business Owners
    June 19 2012 With gas and energy prices hitting highs in the past few months the self employed are cutting back their business activity according to the National Association for the Self Employed NASE Results from a survey of more than 500 NASE members reveal that fifty three percent said the rise in prices has moderately or significantly hurt their business High gas prices are still hurting the self employed many of whom depend on their vehicles to conduct the day to day work of their businesses said NASE President Kristie L Arslan What the self employed and micro businesses 10 or fewer employees truly need is a retroactive update to the Internal Revenue Service s 2012 mileage deduction This action would better reflect the high cost of gasoline in the beginning of 2012 Three quarters of the self employed use their vehicle both for business and personal use In fact almost half of respondents said they spent over 250 on gasoline for their vehicles in a month the largest answer possible to choose in the survey Nearly 70 said that the cost of gas changes their driving behavior When business and personal finances are so closely tied as they often are for the self employed and micro businesses any rise in cost can be significantly damaging to the health of a company Arslan said Almost three quarters of our business owners have seen energy costs for their homes rise as well which impacts their home offices The following responses are from open ended questions in the member survey that allowed respondents to voice their concerns The prices mean I have less to spend on other items for business I opened another office in a town 40 minutes north to serve my patients in that area who were restricted in

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2012/06/19/High_Gas_Prices_Still_Hurting_Self-Employed_Business_Owners (2016-02-14)
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  • New Data Shows Many Self-Employed Believe the Cost of Health Care Coverage Will Go Up Under the Affordable Care Act
    of the Affordable Care Act the self employed are weighing in on the impact of the law on their business According to a national survey by the National Association for the Self Employed NASE the greatest opposition to the new law among the self employed is seen among those who are the most familiar with it Unlike most Americans the more the self employed and micro businesses 10 or less employees learn about the law the less likely they are to support it Our new data shows that even if the Affordable Care Act lowers coverage costs over 65 of the self employed and micro businesses are unlikely or unsure if they will provide and pay for a portion of health coverage for their employees in the future commented NASE President Kristie L Arslan This insight comes on the heels of a Government Accountability Office report that shows utilization of the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit is sadly low especially under the country s Main Street businesses most of which do not even qualify for the credit because their business is deemed too small Among the self employed the survey reveals the general opinion of the Affordable Care Act is fairly evenly divided but one thing that nearly one in four believe is that the cost of their health coverage will increase after the law s implementation As was first indicated in both the NASE s 2005 and 2008 surveys on health care satisfaction levels among the self employed continue to be low when talking about insurance cost and affordability These concerns show little signs of abating in 2014 when the individual mandate in the law is scheduled to kick in At that point the self employed will be required to purchase both more expansive and more expensive coverage Health care coverage is important to the self employed but the coverage must be flexible and responsive to the unique needs of America s smallest businesses Arslan added As we ve seen with so many policies from Congress and the Administration forgetting about the self employed and micro businesses who drive so much of our nation s economic growth is a bad prescription for the American economy Survey Highlights 77 of individuals who are self employed currently have health insurance the largest percentage on record Despite this more than 8 in 10 respondents feel that when it comes to health insurance access their small businesses are at a disadvantage compared with larger businesses A great majority of respondents nearly 85 indicated that rising health coverage costs have been detrimental to themselves their families their businesses and their bottom line over the past three years When asked if they would be more likely to provide and pay for a portion of health coverage for their employees assuming the Affordable Care Act lowers coverage costs over 65 of respondents are either unlikely to do so or unsure if they would be able to do so The more the self employed learn about

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2012/06/12/New_Data_Shows_Many_Self-Employed_Believe_the_Cost_of_Health_Care_Coverage_Will_Go_Up_Under_the_Affordable_Care_Act (2016-02-14)
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  • Legislation To Improve Health Savings Accounts Moving Through Congress
    For Immediate Release Contact Kristin Oberlander 202 466 2100 koberlander NASEadmin org Twitter NASEtweets NASE Supports H R 5842 And H R 5858 Which Make HSAs More Flexible For The Self Employed Washington D C May 31 2012 As the House Committee on Ways Means prepares to mark up recently introduced health care access bills the National Association for the Self Employed NASE is pleased to announce its support for H R 5842 Restoring Access to Medications Act and H R 5858 a bill to improve Health Savings Accounts HSAs Access to reasonably priced quality health care for the self employed and micro businesses is a top priority for the NASE Health Savings Accounts play a critical role in allowing small business owners to save for their medical expenses commented NASE President Kristie Arslan These bill will ensure that business owners are able to utilize their HSA s to the fullest extent The Restoring Access to Medications Act H R 5842 would repeal the disqualification of over the counter medications for use with a health savings account HSA or a health flexible spending arrangement FSA Current law prohibits over the counter medication purchase with these savings instruments H R 5858 expands usage and affordability for individuals who use a health savings account HSA in connection with a high deductible health plan HDHP Many self employed business owners opt to use an HDHP because the premiums are generally lower than traditional health plans Here are some of the highlights of H R 5858 Saver s Credit Contributions to an HSA would generate the same amount of credits as current law allows for contributions to IRAs or 401 k s 60 day grace period Medical expenses incurred between the time an individual enrolls in an HDHP and establishes an HSA for up

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2012/05/31/Legislation_To_Improve_Health_Savings_Accounts_Moving_Through_Congress (2016-02-14)
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