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  • Nation’s Job-Creators Largely Oppose Health Reform Legislation
    from the NASE View all NASE news Nation s Job Creators Largely Oppose Health Reform Legislation Friday March 19 2010 For Immediate Release Contact Kristin Oberlander 202 466 2100 koberlander NASEadmin org Twitter koberlander NASEtweets Bottom Line Cost Savings Most Important To The Self Employed Washington D C March 19 2010 Companies with fewer than 10 employees micro businesses are asking Congress to keep in mind that a big part of being able to create jobs and grow their companies depends largely on their ability to pay for health coverage Self employed business owners say that access to health care and choice in providers benefits is less important to their businesses than cost Pocketbook watching factors such as stable premium costs and inclusive coverage not negated by health condition or age is of most importance to the nation s smallest businesses With the clock ticking down to a final vote in Congress on health reform legislation the online poll conducted by the National Association for the Self Employed NASE received over 1 200 responses regarding the concerns of the self employed with health reform Survey Highlights Lowering health premium costs and ensuring they do not continue to increase 42 and reforming the insurance market so individuals cannot be denied coverage due to their health status or age 24 were cited as MOST important to their businesses Respondents cited increasing choice in health plans and benefit options 32 and ensuring that the uninsured have access to health coverage 29 as factors in the health reform package that were LEAST important to their business Three in five micro businesses say they do not support the current health care proposal Twenty eight percent support the proposal and 12 say they are undecided Of those who said they did not support the current proposal 58 say they do not want Government to become too involved with health care Nearly one quarter 23 say the plan is too costly and will increase the deficit Responses from micro businesses The insurance companies are currently enjoying a monopoly Unless we introduce competition costs will continue to escalate All of the issues listed in the survey are important Costs for self employed business people are outrageous with little options available to us Yes we need health care reform but the massive plan they are trying to ram through now is filled with sweetheart deals other legislation not related to health care double talk and union deals It needs to be scrapped and a new bill drawn up I am not entirely happy with the current bill as I would have preferred a public option but I think that the idea that everyone needs to have insurance and that one cannot be denied due to past history is crucial Policymakers have not addressed how everybody pays their share of insurance Full survey results are available online on the NASE s Research Statistics web page Methodology Posted on the NASE Web site the survey was available for members and other

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2010/03/19/Nation%E2%80%99s_Job-Creators_Largely_Oppose_Health_Reform_Legislation (2016-02-14)
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  • Tired Of Tracking Business Miles By Hand? We Have An App For That!
    for employee reimbursement or simply because you want to know TripAlly can help TripAlly follows your entire trip using the iPhone s built in GPS not just your starting and ending address and stores mileage reports by purpose month and year Created by the National Association for the Self Employed TripAlly is the perfect solution for real estate agents sales and delivery people and anyone needing to record round about routes for tax and reimbursement purposes Start each trip by simply touching the green Start button The GPS pings location every 3 miles for an accurate record of the entire trip At the trip s end assign a trip purpose save it as a favorite route for easy repeats and view your day month and yearly mileage total TripAlly even allows for manual trip entry by address Best of all TripAlly is free to use on a trip by trip basis Download the app and TripAlly will show a single trip s miles allowing you to keep track of the miles you drive in your own mileage log For a full mileage log TripAlly can track everything for you Register to get all TripAlly features categorize your trips assign favorite routes add manual routes view trips by month and year and print reports at your convenience TripAlly makes it easy to track your business mileage deduction and expenses all directly from your handheld device for only 9 99 Registered Features Round about route TripAlly pings your GPS location every 3miles not just your start and end location Great for real estate agents sales agents and anyone needing to track the miles they drive Go somewhere frequently Save your route as a favorite and add your trip to your total trip history with one touch Want to store more information Categorize

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2010/03/17/Tired_Of_Tracking_Business_Miles_By_Hand_We_Have_An_App_For_That (2016-02-14)
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  • On Merlin Olsen...
    News Washington Watch NASE Research Current NASE Survey NASE Member Survey NASE Issue Reports Self Employed Statistics Get Involved Tell your story Become a Media Contact 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 On Merlin Olsen Thursday March 11 2010 March 11 2010 Pro Football Hall of Famer former television actor and NASE spokesperson Merlin Olsen has died He was 69 Merlin was an incredible representative of the NASE to the small business community said Robert Hughes NASE president Our condolences go out to

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  • How To Prepare Your Micro-Business For Future Audits
    February 17 2010 Since last November the Internal Revenue Service IRS has undertaken a three year campaign to review the tax records of nearly 6 000 randomly chosen businesses as part of their National Research Program The goal is to figure out which areas of the tax code lead to greater noncompliance The data collected is intended to help the IRS minimize the tax gap or the amount the agency is owed versus the amount it collects each year The National Association for the Self Employed NASE knows that many self employed business owners meet their tax obligations fully so the audit process need not be feared For this particular round of IRS audits business owners will be asked to provide documentation from three years prior The focus will be in four areas including worker classification fringe benefits reimbursed expenses and compensation of the business owner The first thing I tell business owners is not to panic if they are facing an audit says NASE National Tax Advisor Keith Hall As long as you have adequate records and are organized then it is a relatively simple process You may even get an additional refund Preparing taxes that will sail through the audit process is as easy as following the Three Cs of Tax Preparation Careful recordkeeping Keep good records and notes to support each number on the return Take the time to do this now since the information submitted will not likely be reviewed until years later You do not want to be stuck figuring out what was on line 21 of a past tax return from that long ago Check the math There are many good software packages designed to help you correct easy mistakes and reduce headaches in the long run such as TurboTax TaxCut or even the

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  • Micro-Businesses Suffering Under Slowing Economy, Poll Shows
    Economy Poll Shows Thursday February 04 2010 For Immediate Release Contact Kristin Oberlander 202 466 2100 koberlander NASEadmin org Twitter koberlander NASEtweets Less Than One Quarter Of Businesses Planning To Hire Workers Washington D C February 4 2010 While Congress and the Obama Administration are hoping that small businesses will continue to be the engine of job creation and spur recovery the sluggish economy has had a negative impact on the operations and hiring plans of many small businesses Over sixty percent of the self employed and micro business owners indicate that their business has experienced a significant decrease in sales and or revenue and almost fifty percent say they have had to utilize their personal savings or retirement savings to address cash flow issues according to a study undertaken by the National Association for the Self Employed NASE More than three quarters of the micro business owners surveyed 77 percent are not planning on hiring workers in 2010 with the majority indicating that they were not hiring because they were unable to pay the salary of or offer benefits to an additional worker Of the twenty three percent of respondents planning to hire workers this year only 31 percent were planning to hire full time workers The current economic slowdown is causing many challenges for micro businesses commented NASE s Executive Director Kristie Arslan Self employed business owners are being faced with difficult choices just to stay afloat in this current economic climate When asked about various proposals put forth by Congress and the Administration to spur jobs an overwhelming majority of respondents felt that none of the current recommendations would encourage them to hire additional workers To see the full results of the survey visit NASE s Research Statistics Web page Methodology Posted on the NASE Web site

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2010/02/04/Micro-Businesses_Suffering_Under_Slowing_Economy_Poll_Shows (2016-02-14)
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  • 2009 Tax Changes For The Self-Employed
    is a great time to get a jump on your 2009 tax return said Keith Hall national tax advisor for the National Association for the Self Employed NASE The earlier a business owner can get organized the more likely he or she will have the time to investigate eligibility requirements for additional tax benefits The following tax law changes relate to 2009 returns Homebuyer Credits If you operate a business from an office in your home you may be eligible for additional tax incentives Depending on when the home was purchased and how long you lived in a prior residence you may be eligible for a credit of up to 8 000 The credit is similar to an interest free loan Making Work Pay Tax Credit Many taxpayers will qualify for a making work pay credit of 800 if married and filing jointly or 400 for other taxpayers The credit is equivalent to 6 2 percent of earned income up to the maximum amount Standard Mileage Rates Adjusted for 2009 Business owners using their vehicle for company business can deduct 55 cents per mile driven on their 2009 tax return The rate has also been set for 2010 at 50 cents per mile Contribution Limits for IRAs and Other Retirement Plans Where an IRA contributor who is not covered by a workplace retirement plan is married to someone who is covered the deduction is phased out if the couple s income is between 167 000 and 177 000 Self Employment Tax Changes The tax rate for self employed business owners remains at 15 3 percent though the income threshold has increased to 106 800 All net earnings from self employment of at least 400 are subject to the Medicare part of the tax AMT Exemption Increased for 2009 For tax

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  • National Association for the Self-Employed and UnitedHealthcare Forge Alliance To Offer Quality, Cost-Effective Personal Health Insurance Choices in 20 States
    in 20 States Wednesday January 13 2010 For Immediate Release Contact National Association for the Self Employed 800 649 6273 Golden Rule Insurance Company 800 338 9258 INDIANAPOLIS AND WASHINGTON D C Jan 13 2009 The National Association for the Self Employed NASE and UnitedHealthcare s Golden Rule Insurance Company have teamed up to offer new personal health insurance choices to entrepreneurs micro business owners and other self employed businesspeople in 20 states and Washington D C The new comprehensive health plans for individuals and families are offered in Alabama Arizona Arkansas Florida Illinois Indiana Iowa Michigan Mississippi Missouri Nebraska Oklahoma Pennsylvania South Carolina Tennessee Texas Virginia Wisconsin and Washington D C North Carolina and West Virginia are expected to be added in March of this year Health insurance options include co pay plans similar to traditional employer sponsored coverage as well as high deductible health plans that work in tandem with health savings accounts HSAs Golden Rule pioneered the HSA concept more than 15 years ago Today nearly one third of Golden Rule s current customers are covered by HSA plans because of the premium savings tax advantages and control over health care spending these accounts offer NASE members choosing one of the health plans also will have access to UnitedHealthcare s extensive network of more than 600 000 physicians and health care professionals and 5 000 hospitals Network discounts can result in additional savings to consumers even before they meet their annual deductibles Established in 1981 the NASE is the largest nonprofit nonpartisan association in the United States that provides day to day support benefits and consolidated buying power for the self employed and micro business owners The NASE has a long history of advocating for lower costs increased access and parity for the self employed when it comes to health coverage said Robert Hughes NASE president But our members and all micro business owners need options today that provide both choice and meaningful coverage The new NASE Golden Rule plans offer just that According to the U S Census more than 10 million entrepreneurs and micro business owners with fewer than 10 employees reside in the 20 states and District of Columbia included in today s announcement We are pleased to work with NASE to make quality health insurance coverage available for the large number of self employed men and women who are dealing with rising health care costs in a difficult economy said Richard A Collins Golden Rule CEO and president of UnitedHealthcare s individual line of business NASE members will find a choice of quality health insurance plans as well as a wide range of deductibles enhancements and optional benefits so coverage can be tailored to meet each family s unique health care and budget needs For more information on the new health plans consumers can call Golden Rule at 800 338 9258 and speak to a licensed product advisor for their state call NASE at 800 649 6273 or visit www NASE org About

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2010/01/13/National_Association_for_the_Self-Employed_and_UnitedHealthcare_Forge_Alliance_To_Offer_Quality_Cost-Effective_Personal_Health_Insurance_Choices_in_20_States (2016-02-14)
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  • Micro-Business Owners Year In Review
    to be a resource for these businesses as they navigated the stormy waters of the nation s economy with advice on survival and even success Created to provide a boost to deserving micro businesses the NASE s Business Development Grant Program continued to flourish and even presented a 30 000 Achievement Award to one member in recognition of the excellent small business practices she employed to catapult her start up venture into a successful business The NASE s grant program has awarded over 350 000 in grants since 2006 The NASE also celebrated two decades of helping members send their dependents to college through the NASE Scholarship Program In 2009 the program helped 18 families send their students to college in addition to the recipient of the substantial NASE Future Entrepreneur Scholarship Since the program was started in 1989 as a way to invest in the future of entrepreneurship over 1 8 million has been awarded to the dependents of NASE Members The NASE is happy to help assist micro business owners in other ways as well The NASE has been working with the Obama Administration to make sure that the needs of small business owners are not forgotten President Barack Obama discussed with the NASE how the Administration s economic recovery efforts would benefit entrepreneurs and at a meeting with the President the NASE made sure to mention that micro businesses are still facing difficulties getting access to credit and financing while being crippled by health costs A few NASE Members had the opportunity to visit the White House to listen to President Obama discuss health reform and why it is important to small business and NASE Members from Allentown Pa were invited by the Administration to attend the start of the White House To Main Street tour with President Obama at Lehigh Carbon Community College Members of Congress remain in contact with the NASE for information on helping micro business In 2009 the NASE spoke up on a number of issues including the likely impact of various health reform proposals on small business owners the need for a reduction in the complexity and amount of tax paperwork and that certain tax incentives should not be allowed to expire Amid the economic stimulus and health care reform bills some significant pieces of legislation for the self employed were also introduced in the 111th Congress The Home Office Deduction Simplification Act a bill that would make it easier for home businesses to deduct office expenses by offering a 1 500 standard deduction to eligible taxpayers was introduced in both the House and the Senate The NASE supported the introduction of the Equity for Our Nation s Self Employed Act legislation in the House that would eliminate an inequity in the tax code that inhibits the self employed from receiving a full deduction for health insurance costs and the introduction of the Tax Equity for the Self Employed amendment legislation that would allow sole proprietors to deduct as a business expense

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2009/12/31/Micro-Business_Owners_Year_In_Review (2016-02-14)
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