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  • Health Reform Law Will Require Self-Employed To Purchase Less Flexible, More Expensive Coverage
    NASE Participates In Joint CAHC U S Chamber Event On Controlling Health Costs Washington D C July 13 2011 In less than two and a half years the vast majority of the self employed and micro businesses fewer than ten employees will be required by law to purchase health coverage that will likely be more expensive and less flexible than their current plan NASE Senior Health Policy Advisor Mike Beene said that the Affordable Care Act will cause ninety five percent of the small business population to purchase such health coverage Most importantly he said these businesses will not receive any financial assistance to help them pay for this mandated coverage The costs of implementing these changes could discourage business growth including expansion and hiring according to a study by the Coalition for Affordable Health Coverage of which the NASE is a part Joel White Executive Director of CAHC remarked that absent cost reduction strategies if employees respond to the new federal mandate to purchase insurance by enrolling in their employer health plans many workers will be too expensive to hire or retain If employers respond by terminating or significantly curtailing those health plans then federal spending projections could be low by a trillion dollars A 2008 NASE study showed that only 18 percent of micro businesses are currently providing health coverage for their workers a significant decline from 46 in 2005 The key contributor to the drop in employer based coverage in this micro employer market was cost This issue will be exacerbated with the new essential health benefits requirements minimal cost relief and mandates in the health reform law Many of the self employed fall just short of qualifying standards for subsidies and tax credits in the health reform law commented Beene They make too much to qualify

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2011/07/13/Health_Reform_Law_Will_Require_Self-Employed_To_Purchase_Less_Flexible_More_Expensive_Coverage (2016-02-14)
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  • National Association For The Self-Employed (NASE) Names Kristie Arslan As New President & CEO
    Releases The Latest News from the NASE View all NASE news National Association For The Self Employed NASE Names Kristie Arslan As New President CEO Monday July 11 2011 For Immediate Release Contact Kristin Oberlander 202 466 2100 koberlander NASEadmin org Twitter NASEtweets Continues As Spokeswoman For America s Smallest Businesses Washington D C July 11 2011 John Wright Chairman of the National Association for the Self Employed NASE s Board of Directors announced today that Kristie Arslan a ten year veteran of the association has assumed its leadership as President and CEO In light of the challenges posed by the difficult economic climate and the evolving needs of American entrepreneurs the NASE Board of Directors firmly believes that Kristie s many years of service to the association her leadership experience and most importantly her vision will enhance NASE s position as an essential partner for small business success said Wright With Kristie at the helm we will work to make NASE sustainable and prosperous while continuing to provide our members and the nation s self employed with the support and guidance they need to achieve their American dream I am pleased to accept this challenge and look forward to continuing to speak truth to power as NASE helps steer our nation s smallest businesses the self employed and micro businesses through tough economic times said Arslan Both internally here at the NASE and to the public and policymakers alike my goal will be to ensure that our members and America s self employed receive the priority and support they need to start manage and grow their businesses Kristie has been with NASE for the past 10 years most recently as its Executive Director With years of advocating on behalf of micro businesses nationwide and her own personal experience working for her family s small business she provides critical insight into the issues affecting our nation s entrepreneurs She works closely with policymakers in Congress and the Administration to advocate for and speak on behalf of this important business demographic Arslan has worked diligently to expand quality programming and educational resources for members within the organization while also increasing the visibility and influence of the NASE amongst key stakeholders ensuring that the self employed have a seat at the table in Washington D C Currently Arslan serves on the Board of Directors for the Coalition for Affordable Health Coverage and the Small Business Legislative Council In addition she is the Chair and founding member of the coalition supporting Equity for Our Nation s Self Employed Arslan has been quoted and published in the New York Times Washington Post Wall Street Journal Politico Roll Call The Hill and CQ Weekly and has appeared on MSNBC FOX CNBC and C SPAN She is also an active blogger on Huffington Post I am thrilled that Kristie Arslan has accepted the position of President and CEO of NASE said Scott Scribner an NASE Board Member As a member of the NASE Board of Directors

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2011/07/11/National_Association_For_The_Self-Employed_NASE_Names_Kristie_Arslan_As_New_President_CEO (2016-02-14)
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  • Economist Mark Zandi Supports Payroll Tax Fairness
    For Immediate Release Contact Kristin Oberlander 202 466 2100 koberlander NASEadmin org Twitter NASEtweets Policy Roadblocks Stiffen Economic Growth for Small Businesses Washington D C As Congressional leaders race to address the debt ceiling limit deadline Moody s Analytics Chief Economist Mark Zandi signaled his support for extending the payroll tax break to both employees and employers to help boost the economy in light of Friday s disappointing unemployment report On CNN s Situation Room Mark Zandi commented Well I think there s some things we should do Yes For example we have a payroll tax holiday 2 percent this year It expires at the end the year Probably would make sense given the context of these job numbers to extend that to employees for another year There s also some discussion about providing a payroll tax holiday for employers That may also be something to consider I could not agree more that extending the payroll tax break to employers will provide much needed relief to business owners including those who operate as both employee and employer said Kristie Arslan Executive Director of the National Association for the Self Employed NASE America s smallest businesses the self employed and micro businesses with fewer than 10 employees are still struggling as the economy continues to falter Policy makers on both sides of the aisle must put politics aside and use the payroll tax break to help the self employed stimulate economic recovery In addition Kristie Arslan appeared on MSNBC s Your Business this weekend to discuss economic optimism within the small business community She argued that the self employed community which represents 78 percent of the small business sector is optimistic about the economy but not optimistic about our government s ability to make tough decisions Click to watch Kristie discuss

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2011/07/11/Economist_Mark_Zandi_Supports_Payroll_Tax_Fairness (2016-02-14)
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  • Small Biz To Congress & Obama: Don't Forget The Self-Employed
    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 Small Biz To Congress Obama Don t Forget The Self Employed Thursday July 07 2011 For Immediate Release Contact Kristin Oberlander 202 466 2100 koberlander NASEadmin org Twitter NASEtweets Any Debt Ceiling Plan Should Ensure Fairness For All Small Businesses Washington D C As President Obama meets with Congressional leaders to negotiate a potential debt ceiling plan Kristie Arslan Executive Director of the National Association for the Self Employed NASE released the following statement urging policymakers to keep the 78 percent of the small business community represented by the self employed and micro businesses in mind as they consider measures to give employers a break under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act FICA America s small businesses have to balance their books if they want to survive and they expect Congress to do the same said Arslan Now that policymakers are negotiating a debt ceiling deal that may include major tax reforms including extending the payroll tax break the majority of small businesses self employed and micro businesses expect Congress to ensure they aren t left out Now is the time for lawmakers to put aside partisan politics and make the same kind of tough decisions that small business owners make every day Rather than worrying about the political consequences of their actions Congress and the Obama administration should ensure that any new tax relief does not exclude the self employed The self employed contribute to their payroll taxes through the self employment tax paying the same amount as the combined employee employer FICA contribution The 2011 Obama tax cuts gave the self employed a break on the

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2011/07/07/Small_Biz_To_Congress_Obama_Don_t_Forget_The_Self-Employed (2016-02-14)
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  • Make The Payroll Tax Extension Fair For American Small Businesses
    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 Make The Payroll Tax Extension Fair For American Small Businesses Thursday July 07 2011 For Immediate Release Contact Kristin Oberlander 202 466 2100 koberlander NASEadmin org Twitter NASEtweets For Individuals Who Are Both Employee And Employer Uncertain News Lingers About Economic Future Washington D C With debt ceiling talks thrown into limbo Kristie Arslan Executive Director of the National Association for the Self Employed NASE released the following statement as Congress considers measures to give employers a break under the Federal Insurance Contributions Act FICA Every employee working for wages or a salary in the U S is currently enjoying a one year break on the amount they pay in payroll taxes in 2011 thanks to last year s Obama tax cuts said Arslan Currently lawmakers are working on a debt ceiling deal that will include extending that tax break for employees and reduce the employers portion of the payroll tax by the same amount This is great news for the small business community as long as individuals who are both employee and employer the nation s 22 million self employed are not forgotten and will qualify for this tax relief Self employed businesses are doing their part to restore confidence in the struggling economy they contribute nearly a trillion dollars each year to the economy and provide jobs for millions of workers They are a key to our economic recovery Congress needs to ensure that any new tax relief does not exclude the self employed The self employed contribute to their payroll taxes through the self employment tax paying the same amount as the combined employee

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2011/07/07/Make_The_Payroll_Tax_Extension_Fair_For_American_Small_Businesses (2016-02-14)
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  • Self-Employed to Lawmakers: Simplify The Tax Code
    Move Would Help Narrow 345 Billion Tax Gap Decrease Taxpayer Headaches Washington D C June 30 2011 With spending up and revenues down Senate lawmakers are looking to rein in the tax gap in order to bring down the national debt The tax gap is the difference between what the IRS is owed versus what it collects each year and is currently estimated at 345 billion The National Association for the Self Employed NASE has been very active in suggesting ways that the gap might be closed including small changes to current tax code and tax policy Congress has been eager to pursue methods for reducing the tax gap often at the expense of the self employed and micro businesses said NASE Executive Director Kristie Arslan Instead of further complicating the tax code with added regulatory burdens on small business and increasing enforcement activities we suggest a more balanced approach that includes simplifying the tax code and enhancing taxpayer education In the past the federal government has targeted the self employed Schedule C filers as part of their collection efforts Recently some agencies have publically acknowledged deficiencies in the tax system including the IRS and the Government Accountability Office Both offices have acknowledged that most noncompliance is the result of inadvertent errors and tax loopholes that provide opportunities for noncompliance These agencies suggested what the NASE has said for years that simplification of the tax code is a key component to narrowing the tax gap It is important to note that in review of current proposals to address the tax gap we see that they solely focus on business to business transactions Business to business transactions are already highly regulated and have substantial reporting requirements A large area of potential non compliance and under reporting stems from business to consumer

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2011/06/30/Self-Employed_to_Lawmakers_Simplify_The_Tax_Code (2016-02-14)
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  • NASE Appears Before Congress To Give An Update On Small Biz Legislation
    Congress To Give An Update On Small Biz Legislation Thursday May 19 2011 For Immediate Release Contact Kristin Oberlander 202 466 2100 koberlander NASEadmin org Twitter NASEtweets Association Urges Two Year Extension Of Self Employment Tax Deduction For Sole Proprietors Washington D C May 19 2011 The National Association for the Self Employed NASE testified before the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship today on how the effects of the Small Business Jobs Act signed into law last fall have been felt by the self employed community During the hearing titled Small Business Recovery Progress Report on Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 Implementation NASE Executive Director Kristie Arslan argues that despite accounting for 78 percent of all small businesses in the U S and collectively contributing about 1 trillion to the economy every year this dynamic business demographic is too often misunderstood and underrepresented in the policy fashioned for small business Our nation s lawmakers and regulatory agencies commonly craft public policy geared toward the tiny sliver of the business demographic that is corporate America Arslan said This narrow policy focus on a small percentage of businesses is why the Small Business Jobs Act was so crucial to our community The Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 included key provisions that benefited the vast majority of micro businesses and provided some much needed bottomline tax savings to the self employed including the ability of sole proprietors to deduct their health insurance costs as a business expense As a result of the one year allowable deduction self employed business owners have been positively affected by the ability to lower their tax liability on their returns thereby saving money NASE Member Michael Kagan of Dover Foxcroft Maine is owner of M Kagan Associates He is a self employed biotech consultant

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2011/05/19/NASE_Appears_Before_Congress_To_Give_An_Update_On_Small_Biz_Legislation (2016-02-14)
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  • NASE Offers Members New Cost Effective Payment Processing Benefit
    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 Offers Members New Cost Effective Payment Processing Benefit Monday May 16 2011 For Immediate Release Contact Kristin Oberlander 202 466 2100 koberlander NASEadmin org Twitter NASEtweets First American Payment Systems Partners with the NASE Washington D C May 16 2011 The National Association for the Self Employed NASE was founded in 1981 to provide day to day support direct access to experts educational resources and big business benefits to America s smallest businesses In an effort to continue its long tradition of providing members with quality discounted benefits the NASE is announcing a partnership with First American Payment Systems FAPS to offer yet another valuable benefit to help NASE s member businesses stay competitive in today s economy The NASE is excited to partner with First American said NASE President Robert Hughes Essential to starting and managing a business in this age of technology is the ability for businesses to accept credit and debit cards This exclusive benefit offering to NASE members by First American Payment Systems will help our self employed members meet the needs of their customers We know they will not find the quality of products pricing and support anywhere else and we are happy to be able to offer these advantages to the micro business community This new alliance will offer micro businesses and the self employed the opportunity to cost effectively accept credit cards and other electronic payments through the industry leading processor First American Payment Systems L P is a rapidly growing payment processor that provides comprehensive electronic transaction processing services for more than 140 000 merchants throughout the United States First American is eager

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2011/05/16/NASE_Offers_Members_New_Cost_Effective_Payment_Processing_Benefit (2016-02-14)
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