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  • It’s (Big) Business As Usual In Washington, D.C., Says NASE
    D C August 11 2009 The NASE recently spoke out on current health care reform legislation which is notably missing two items that would have a substantial effect on the affordability of coverage for the self employed The NASE has been vocal in its support for allowing the self employed to deduct their health care costs as a business expense The Association has also advocated for improving Health Reimbursement Arrangements HRAs to allow the self employed business owner to participate in the plan along with their employees Unfortunately neither provision has been included nor offered as an amendment in the current larger health reform bills With close to 23 million Americans taking care of their families and creating jobs through self employment Congress would be wise to pay attention to the needs of this growing demographic said NASE executive director Kristie Arslan Unfortunately this has not been the case with health reform Earlier this year legislation was introduced in the House H R 1470 and Senate S 725 to allow small firms to deduct health costs as a business expense The tax code currently permits corporations to both deduct health insurance premiums and to forgo payroll taxes on these expenses In addition the employees of these corporations can pay for health coverage with pre tax dollars Unfortunately the same tax benefits are not extended to sole proprietors As a result these business owners must pay 15 3 in self employment taxes their payroll taxes For example a business owner paying 6 000 per year for health insurance must also pay 918 00 in additional self employment taxes because of this inequality in the tax code Another cost saving proposal before Congress is to open eligibility for HRAs to small business owners An HRA is a flexible benefit option allows small

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2009/08/11/It%E2%80%99s_Big_Business_As_Usual_In_Washington_D_C_Says_NASE (2016-02-14)
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  • NASE Asks Senators To Lower Health Costs For Small Business
    July 10 2009 For Immediate Release Contact Kristin Oberlander 202 466 2100 koberlander NASEadmin org Twitter koberlander Senate Small Business Committee Roundtable A Forum For Small Business Owners Advocates Washington D C July 10 2009 The United States Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship recently held a roundtable to discuss the impact of various health reform proposals on small businesses Kristie Arslan Executive Director of the Legislative Office for the National Association for the Self Employed NASE participated in the roundtable along with Senator Ron Wyden D Ore and other small business owners and advocates Arslan spoke about how NASE Members consistently cite health care as the top issue affecting their business and asked Congress to help the self employed with the high health care costs that are damaging their businesses Arslan mentioned the results of a June 2009 survey by the NASE in which approximately 60 percent of respondents chose cost containment as the most important aspect of reform for them and their business Our nations smallest businesses not only want health reform but in fact they need reform in order for their businesses to remain viable she commented Improving affordability and stability of premiums as well as providing for sustainable cost containment in the overall healthcare system must be a top reform priority Both Small Business Committee Chair Mary Landrieu D La and Ranking Member Olympia J Snowe R Maine acknowledged the high costs that small business owners face to provide health care for themselves and their employees The cost of providing coverage is rising at an unpredictable and unsustainable rate making it difficult for small business owners to secure stable healthcare for their employees said Sen Landrieu Simply put we need to reform our health care system to provide small businesses the opportunity to grow and

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2009/07/10/NASE_Asks_Senators_To_Lower_Health_Costs_For_Small_Business (2016-02-14)
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  • Streetwear Clothing Company Founder Receives NASE’s Future Entrepreneur College Scholarship
    twenty years the National Association for the Self Employed NASE has provided budding entrepreneurs with a means to success through its college scholarship program This year is no exception with a scholarship worth up to 24 000 going to Joe Pielago a Los Angeles streetwear designer The NASE s Future Entrepreneur award is the only one of its kind devoted to fostering entrepreneurship in college bound students Joe receives 12 000 towards his education for the first year and he can renew it up to three more times for 4 000 each year as long as he maintains certain academic standards Joe recently graduated from Palos Verdes High School in Rancho Palos Verdes Calif and will use his scholarship to study business at the University of San Francisco this fall This scholarship helps me so much Joe says I knew my high school education would not provide me with enough of a background to meet my ambitions I knew that I needed to attend college After researching what colleges had to offer I decided I needed to be a business major with a strong emphasis on entrepreneurship At the University of San Francisco Joe intends to continue the business that qualified him for the NASE Future Entrepreneur scholarship Volia Los Angeles Volia is a line of hats and T shirts that combine the hip hop skateboard craze and urban lifestyle that are part of the Southern California culture for teens in the 21st century The company has four employees including Joe s brother Jeff 15 who s the venture s top salesman and Joe s lifelong friend D J Vilicich who helped co found Voila Joe s father Rick is an NASE Member who owns his own CPA practice The NASE scholarship program started in 1989 for dependents of NASE

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2009/07/10/Streetwear_Clothing_Company_Founder_Receives_NASE%E2%80%99s_Future_Entrepreneur_College_Scholarship (2016-02-14)
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  • Press Releases
    2009 Small Business CHOICE Act The bi partisan health care legislation would increase access to comprehensive health insurance and help alleviate the instability of insurance premium costs NASE To Congress Health Care Costs For Micro Business Must Be Addressed Feb 05 2009 As discussions on health reform progress in the 111th Congress and within the Obama Administration the National Association for the Self Employed NASE is speaking out about how the ability of micro business owners to obtain quality coverage rests on two key components affordability and choice The cost of health coverage for micro businesses plays a significant role in why so many self employed business owners go without or purchase a minimum coverage policy House Passes Obama s 819 Billion Stimulus Package Feb 02 2009 In the first legislative success during his short tenure in office the U S House of Representatives approved President Barack Obama s sweeping economic stimulus plan largely along party lines The bill the American Recovery and Investment Act of 2009 H R 1 includes 524 billion in spending and 275 billion in tax cuts among other expenditures The NASE s Top Small Business Tax Tips Jan 28 2009 Whether gathering documents and forms studying receipts or working through math calculations entrepreneurs are getting ready for April 15th one step at a time It s a good idea says the National Association for the Self Employed NASE because getting a jump on the filing season leaves more time to double check forms and calculations and ensure all eligible credits and deductions have been taken Micro Grant Program Awards Over 85 000 to NASE Members In 2008 Jan 23 2009 The National Association for the Self Employed NASE awarded 85 772 in business grants to its members in 2008 bringing the program total to over 350 000 in awards since 2006 Seventeen NASE Members ranging from a property preservation company to a creative bureau received a grant from the association this year 2008 Tax Changes Include Self Employment Tax Modification Jan 12 2009 Prior to preparation of the 2008 tax forms micro business and the self employed should be aware of a few tax law changes including an increase in retirement savings opportunities and self employment tax modifications Micro Businesses Pessimistic About 2009 Economic Outlook Jan 08 2009 The slowing economy has hit small businesses hard over the last few months and many entrepreneurs are only expecting things to get worse in 2009 Forty three percent of the self employed and micro business owners say that this is the worst economic downturn that they have experienced and one quarter say it is the first slump they have experienced with their current business according to a study undertaken by the National Association for the Self Employed NASE Obama Names Top Small Business Administration Official Jan 02 2009 The Small Business Administration SBA will have a new leader under President elect Barack Obama He has tapped Karen Gordon Mills to take over duties at the SBA in

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  • Katie Vlietstra
    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 NASE Expert Katie Vlietstra Katie Vlietstra Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs Katie Vlietstra serves the National Association for the Self Employed as Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs leading the association s federal advocacy and public affairs strategy in representing the 23 million self employed Katie brings ten years of government affairs experience which includes successes in the legislative and regulatory arenas in both the public and private sector in executing the NASE s legislative and communication strategy In previous roles she has worked on nearly every issue including internet sales tax hurricane recovery immigration fair labor standards act tax health care and transportation No stranger to the media Katie is often called upon to comment on the pressing legislative topics of the day including health care tax reform and immigration reform Her passion for communicating the impact of laws and regulations on America s smallest businesses makes her a sought after commentator Katie has been quoted in the New York Times Washington Post Wall Street Journal Politico Roll Call The Hill USA Today and CQ Weekly and has appeared on FOX C SPAN and MSNBC Katie also provides commentary for The Huffington Post on small business issues Katie is the immediate past president of Women in Government Relations the largest professional development organization for women in the field of government relations Additional volunteer service includes the board of directors for the Women Under Forty Political Action Committee

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/MediaRelations/KatieVlietstra.aspx (2016-02-14)
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  • Gene Fairbrother
    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 NASE Expert Gene Fairbrother Gene Fairbrother Lead Business Consultant Gene Fairbrother is the lead small business consultant for the NASE and directs the activities of the NASE ShopTalk 800 program Having consulted with over 75 000 businesses on issues dealing with marketing finances strategic development and many of the hundreds of other challenges that face entrepreneurs Fairbrother is an in the trenches type of individual who opens the doors to the thousands of NASE Members wanting expert advice and guidance to help make their business more successful As someone who knows what it takes to run a business Fairbrother is also the president of MBA Consulting Inc a full service Dallas Texas consulting firm specializing in micro and small business issues Fairbrother has authored three books on micro business along with several hundred published articles in publications throughout the country and on the Internet He has also shared his common sense approach to businesses as a guest on numerous national radio programs as well as being the host of his

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  • Keith Hall
    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 NASE Expert Keith Hall Keith Hall President and Chief Executive Officer Keith Hall is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Association for the Self Employed He has previously served as the National Tax Advisor for the NASE where he offered personalized tax advice and answers on just about every topic ranging from incorporation to automobile expenses to the home office deduction to travel expenses for the self employed and micro business owners Hall was born and raised in Dallas Texas and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1981 with a degree in Accounting He began his career with the international accounting firm of KPMG working with clients in banking insurance and other financial services Hall has served as the Chief Financial Officer for a medium sized bank and a long term care provider He is a certified public accountant and has provided consulting and tax services to small businesses for over twenty years Hall s small business advice and tax preparation expertise has been featured

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  • NASE Services & Educational Resources
    Resources Experts Education Personal Home Member Badges Your Business Grants and Scholarships Growth Grant Recipients Dependents Scholarship Recipients Partners And Sponsors Affiliate Application Refer A Friend NASE in Action NASE Advocacy Efforts Legislative Priorities NASE In The 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 NASE Store Let the NASE help you start run and grow your business with the numerous benefits and discounts offered through the NASE s Annual Membership

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