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  • “Mr. President, The Self-Employed Need Your Help,” Says NASE
    Subscriptions Membership Directory Press Releases The Latest News from the NASE View all NASE news Mr President The Self Employed Need Your Help Says NASE Thursday October 22 2009 Association Talks Access to Capital and Health Reform With President Obama At Small Business Event Washington D C October 22 2009 During a meeting with President Obama the National Association for the Self Employed NASE made sure to mention that micro businesses are still facing difficulties getting access to credit and financing and that health costs are crippling the backbone of the American economy the self employed The meeting was part of a small business event in Maryland yesterday to unveil a new initiative to increase access to capital The President announced plans to increase small business lending by providing capital support to community banks raising loan limits on SBA s various loan programs and creating a lending conference to find other methods of expanding credit and financing to small business So to all the small business owners out there commented President Obama I know that times are tough and I can only imagine what many of you are going through in terms of keeping things going in the midst of a very tough economic climate but I guarantee you this This administration is going to stand behind small businesses You are our highest priority because we are confident that when you are succeeding America succeeds A key component of the President s new small business lending initiatives is increasing the maximum loan size of SBA 7 a loans from 2 million to 5 million in order to help small businesses invest in machinery equipment land and buildings Additionally there has been a push to raise the maximum loan size of SBA microloans from 35 000 to 50 000 which will

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2009/10/22/%E2%80%9CMr_President_The_Self-Employed_Need_Your_Help_%E2%80%9D_Says_NASE (2016-02-14)
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  • Senate Introduces Home Office Deduction Bill
    Immediate Release Contact Kristin Oberlander 202 466 2100 koberlander NASEadmin org Twitter koberlander Tax Benefit For The Self Employed Makes Filing IRS Forms Easier And Faster Washington D C October 9 2009 The majority of micro businesses are operated out of a home office yet the home office deduction has become wrapped in enough regulatory red tape to turn those business owners away from the tax benefit New legislation could help home based businesses save nearly 1 500 on their taxes next year The National Association for the Self Employed NASE is proud to support the Home Office Tax Deduction Simplification Act S 1754 a bill that was introduced by Sen Barbara Boxer D Calif this week Sens Jeff Merkley D Ore Joe Lieberman IND Conn and Evan Bayh D Ind also lent their support to this bill We are proud to see that both the House and Senate have taken a stand on this important issue said Kristie Arslan executive director of the NASE legislative office Hopefully there will be movement on this bill this year to assist our nation s home based businesses Business owners often report that the qualification criteria for the deduction is too difficult to navigate while others fear that taking the deduction will trigger an audit The legislation would allow business owners the option of a 1 500 standard deduction but would not disqualify taxpayers currently eligible for the home office deduction from continuing to itemize their expenses Rather it offers a taxpayer friendly way to take the deduction If passed by Congress the bill would significantly minimize the time and paperwork needed for tax preparation for these tiny businesses The bill would also require that the amount of the standard deduction be indexed for inflation Small businesses are critical to the American economy

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2009/10/09/Senate_Introduces_Home_Office_Deduction_Bill (2016-02-14)
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  • NASE Members Receive $20,000 In Business Development Grants
    Benefits Payment Details Expert Questions Email Subscriptions Membership Directory Press Releases The Latest News from the NASE View all NASE news NASE Members Receive 20 000 In Business Development Grants Thursday October 01 2009 For Immediate Release Contact Kristin Oberlander 202 466 2100 koberlander NASEadmin org Twitter koberlander Washington D C October 1 2009 Micro business owners received a financial boost to their business in the third quarter thanks to the National Association for the Self Employed s Business Development Grant Program These NASE Members with businesses as varied as a communications firm and a recycling service were awarded a total of 20 000 for their businesses With the Business Development Grant program NASE Members can apply for up to 5 000 for a specific business need such as the purchase of new equipment or software or the funding of advertising marketing materials and training Since the program began in 2006 the association has awarded over 350 000 to member businesses The NASE Business Development Grant Program offers access to capital for micro business owners who have a specific business need but lack the finances to carry out that goal The program was designed after an online NASE Member poll found that a majority of micro business owners 57 percent initially fund their businesses using personal savings and many 40 percent continue to use personal savings for ongoing financing Over the past two years we ve seen how just a small amount of capital can get a business off the ground said NASE President Robert Hughes When a retailer can suddenly sell products online or a contractor can buy a piece of equipment instead of renting it those small changes to the way a business operates can generate huge profits The following NASE Members received grants during the third quarter

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2009/10/01/NASE_Members_Receive_20_000_In_Business_Development_Grants (2016-02-14)
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  • Allowing Tax Incentives To Expire Will Hurt Small Firms
    koberlander NASEadmin org Twitter koberlander NASE Asks Legislators To Help the Recovery by Helping Small Business Washington D C September 30 2009 Although originally enacted to prevent those Americans with the most resources at their disposal from avoiding taxes the Alternative Minimum Tax AMT did not take into account the effects of inflation the growth of earnings and expenses Congress has adjusted the exemption amount over time to keep up with inflation but that adjustment is now scheduled to end which would result in an increased tax burden for many small business owners and families The NASE s National Tax Advisor Keith Hall testified before the House Committee on Small Business today about how allowing the AMT and other tax incentives to expire would cause a direct and unintended tax increase on the small business sector that many are relying on to continue the economic recovery Hall suggested that at a minimum the exemption amounts should not be allowed to decrease but should be increased annually based on an inflation index in order to continue the recovery Allowing the increase in the exemption amount to sunset would directly increase the tax burden for many Americans past their fair share simply because they may live in a state with a higher than average state income tax Others would pay more than their fair share simply because they have a larger than average family Others would pay more than their fair share simply because they have higher mortgage interest due to a second lien necessary to fund their business or a child s education Clearly none of these scenarios was the intent of the AMT from so many years ago noted Hall The NASE supports the extension of expiring tax incentives including the AMT exemption accelerated depreciation sales tax deductions first time

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2009/09/30/Allowing_Tax_Incentives_To_Expire_Will_Hurt_Small_Firms (2016-02-14)
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  • Legislators Take On Home Office Deduction
    additional 1 500 on their taxes next year Congressman Kurt Schrader D OR Chairman of the Finance and Tax Subcommittee of the House Small Business Committee and Congressman Devin Nunes R CA a member of the House Ways and Means Committee have re introduced bi partisan legislation to simplify the filing process for the home office deduction by providing for an optional standard deduction Representatives Ron Kind D WI and Vern Buchanan R FL are also named as primary co sponsors of this bill With the majority of micro businesses being operated from an office inside the home the Home Office Tax Deduction Simplification Act H R 3615 will ease tax time worries for millions of entrepreneurs The legislation would allow business owners t he option of a 1 500 standard deduction but would not preclude taxpayers currently qualifying for the home office deduction from continuing to itemize their expenses should they choose It would simply offer a taxpayer friendly way to take the deduction If passed by Congress it would significantly minimize the paperwork and time spent on tax preparation for entrepreneurs managing their business out of their home The bill would also require that the amount of the standard deduction be indexed for inflation Many business owners cite complexity of the criteria to qualify for the deduction as too cumbersome others cite a fear being audited as their primary reason for avoiding this deduction The NASE has advocated for the simplification of the tax code specifically the home office deduction for many years In a 2008 NASE poll three in five home based business owners admitted they did not utilize the current home office deduction Of those nearly two thirds said the option of a standard deduction would encourage them to take it The home office deduction is

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2009/09/25/Legislators_Take_On_Home_Office_Deduction (2016-02-14)
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  • NASE, Business Owners Respond To Pres. Obama’s Health Care Speech
    speech elaborated on current proposals the President wants in a final reform package he did not address a number of key concerns for micro business owners those with 10 or fewer employees Click here to read the full text version of the President s speech online While I am pleased that the President has decided to take a more active role on health reform and referee the players on Capitol Hill ultimately we all know that the devil is in the details remarked Kristie Arslan executive director of the National Association for the Self Employed NASE If the President is going to hold fast to the current proposals some good some bad on the table and not offer any new ideas then we need to know his opinion on the details and how it differs from that of Congress The NASE supports a few specific reform proposals that will provide enormous relief for self employed business owners These propositions will greatly increase their ability to afford coverage for themselves their families and their employees Exchange Gateway The creation of a national Exchange as well as other pooling mechanisms such as cooperatives to increase access to coverage and create administrative efficiencies for individuals and businesses with 50 or fewer employees Business Deduction for Health Insurance for the Self Employed Unlike their larger counterparts the self employed cannot deduct health insurance premiums as a business expense and instead are taxed on their health coverage The cost of leveling the playing field is about 2 5 percent of the total price tag for health reform For our smallest businesses this is a small price to pay for a provision that will make coverage more affordable and accessible for 22 million self employed Americans nationwide Expansion of Health Reimbursement Arrangements HRAs Sole proprietors are not eligible to participate in an HRA which is a flexible benefit option that allows other business entities to help employees with their health care costs HRAs represent a consistent and stable way for the self employed and micro businesses to extend employees financial assistance toward health care costs Market Reforms The NASE supports market reforms that would remove the use of health status as an underwriting mechanism for access to coverage Benefits Current health reform legislation creates a committee or advisory council to determine an essential benefits package i e a minimum level of coverage allowed The determination of an essential benefits package can play a large role in the cost of coverage There must be a balance between cost and coverage to ensure that any required minimum benefits package is affordable After Pres Obama s speech the self employed weighed in with their reactions My concerns remain the same Is there a possibility that my premiums may actually increase because I can no longer purchase the kind of coverage I currently have Graphic Designer Alyssa Turk of Grand Rapids wondered Regardless of how you cut it the government will be much more involved in the health care choices

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2009/09/10/NASE_Business_Owners_Respond_To_Pres_Obama%E2%80%99s_Health_Care_Speech (2016-02-14)
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  • NASE To Attend Orlando Small Business Community Day – Sept. 17
    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 To Attend Orlando Small Business Community Day Sept 17 Tuesday September 01 2009 For Immediate Release Contact Kristin Oberlander 202 466 2100 koberlander NASEadmin org Twitter koberlander Entrepreneurs Can Gather Network And Learn At Florida Event Washington D C September 1 2009 This fall small business owners in the Orlando area will have a great opportunity to broaden their skills and network with other entrepreneurs and small business centered organizations and companies The Association of Small Business Development Centers ASBDC is hosting Orlando Small Business Community Day on Thursday September 17 at Rosen Shingle Creek Resort The event will feature informative workshops roundtables and a tradeshow Participants will have the opportunity to learn from various small businesses experts including Rhonda Abrams a Small Business columnist for USA Today and Al Lautenslager an author consultant speaker and business owner Other workshops will be hosted by tradeshow vendors Click here for a list of exhibitors The NASE is a strong supporter of the SBDC program which plays a vital role in nurturing entrepreneurship said Keith Hall Chief Operating Officer of the NASE We are happy to participate in this important event The National Association for the Self Employed NASE advocates for continued support and additional funding to assist Small Business Development Centers Nearly 1 000 local SBDC offices provide entrepreneurial assistance to more than 1 2 million small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs each year The centers offer face to face business consulting at no charge and at cost training on

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2009/09/01/NASE_To_Attend_Orlando_Small_Business_Community_Day_%E2%80%93_Sept_17 (2016-02-14)
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  • NASE Gives $84,000 In College Scholarships
    Contact Contact Kristin Oberlander 202 466 2100 koberlander NASEadmin org NASE Gives 84 000 In College Scholarships Over 1 8 Million Awarded In 20 Years Of Academic Support Washington D C August 12 2009 Just as states across the nation are cutting financial aid due to budget shortfalls the National Association for the Self Employed awarded 84 000 in scholarship money to help 17 families send their children to college Merit based scholarships worth 4 000 were awarded to 18 students The NASE Future Entrepreneur received 12 000 with a promise of 12 000 more over the next three years as long as he maintains a high academic performance The scholarship awards will be used to defray the cost of tuition which has risen to an average of 6 585 per year for four year public colleges and 25 143 per year for private schools according to the College Board For 20 years the NASE has viewed this scholarship program as a way to help our members send their children to college said Robert Hughes NASE president The students can study any subject at any accredited college I m proud we can help these students achieve their dreams The NASE Scholarship Program began in 1989 as a way to invest in the future of entrepreneurship Since its start over 1 8 million has been awarded to the dependents of NASE Members The 2009 NASE Future Entrepreneur Joe Pielago is a Los Angeles streetwear designer With his scholarship of up to 24 000 he plans to attend the University of San Francisco as a freshman this fall The 2009 NASE 4 000 Scholarship recipients are Clare Bateman of Waymart Pa Victoria Boyd of Memphis Tenn Abigail Ebensberger of La Vergne Tenn Brittany Elmer of Rockton Ill Kelly Gwiner of Fostoria Ohio

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2009/08/12/NASE_Gives_84_000_In_College_Scholarships (2016-02-14)
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