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  • NASE Self-Employed Magazine Archive
    Small Business Owners 86 Definitely Voting in November 4th Elections Oct 28 2014 With a week to go before this year s 2014 midterm elections a new flash survey by the National Association for the Self Employed NASE the nation s leading advocate and resource for the self employed and micro business community shows women entrepreneurs engaged and looking for candidates who support the small business community NASE Leads Association Letter Expressing Disappointment on D C Council Action Jun 02 2014 On Tuesday June 3 2014 the NASE along with American Independent Business Coalition Council on Affordable Health Coverage and Southern Consumers Alliance sent a letter to the District of Columbia City Council expressing disappointment council s unanimous support PR20 0744 Health Benefit Exchange Authority Financial Sustainability Emergency Declaration Resolution of 2014 on Tuesday May 6 2014 NASE Continues to Push for Comprehensive Tax Reform NASE Apr 09 2014 On April 9 2014 the NASE submitted a statement to the House Small Business committee regarding their hearing on The Biggest Tax Problems for Small Businesses NASE Comments on Technical Guidance Issued on Health Reimbursement Arrangements HRAs Mar 12 2014 Established in 2002 Health Reimbursement Arrangements HRAs or Health Reimbursement Accounts are employer funded tax advantaged employer health benefit plans that reimburse employees for out of pocket medical expenses and individual health insurance premiums Health Reimbursement Accounts are funded solely by the employer and cannot be funded through employee salary deductions NASE Member Charlie Arnold Testifies on ACA Impact on the Self Employed Mar 05 2014 On Thursday March 6 2014 NASE Member Charlie Arnold provided testimony to the House Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce on a hearing titled Obamacare and the Self Employed What About Us NASE Comments on Crowdfunding Rules Supports AEO Changes Feb 04 2014 On February 3 2014 the National Association for the Self Employed submitted a comment letter to the Securities and Exchanges Commission in support of recommendations made by the Association for Enterprise Opportunity to help finalize rules as it relates to Crowdfunding NASE Calls for Full Year of Open Enrollment Delay of Individual Penalty Oct 30 2013 In a letter to the House Ways and Means Committee the National Association for the Self Employed the the nation s leading advocate and resource for the self employed and micro businesses called on the U S Congress and the Administration to immediately eliminate the open enrollment deadline and delay the individual mandate penalty for one year NASE Comments on Status of ACA Implementation Aug 02 2013 The National Association for the Self Employed NASE the nation s leading advocate and resource for the self employed and micro businesses respectfully submits this official statement for the record on the committee s hearing relating to the status of the Affordable Care Act implementation held on Thursday August 1 2013 For the 22 million self employed Americans making up 78 of all small business in the United States we appreciate the opportunity to contribute our

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  • Washington Watch - January 20, 2016
    Small Business for Lending a Helping Hand Sentinel News Ogden UT SBA Chief Council for Advocacy Officially Sworn In Darry L DePriest was confirmed and sworn in as the Small Business Administration s Chief Council for Advocacy The Office of Advocacy of the U S Small Business Administration SBA is an independent voice for small business within the federal government The presidentially appointed and Senate confirmed Chief Counsel for Advocacy advances the views concerns and interests of small business before Congress the White House federal agencies federal courts and policymakers Mr DePriest follows Dr Winslow Sargeant who served in this role since 2011 President Obama Delivers Last SOTU On Tuesday January 12 2016 President Obama delivered his final State of the Union address to the country What is usually a laundry list of to do items for the Congress the President realizing that his final 12 months in office will be lame duck elected to use his speech to discuss his progress as President over the past seven years and reassure the country that things are headed in the right direction With the 2016 presidential campaign officially upon us the President rightly understand that Congress will have a light legislative agenda and that any attempts to shepherd legislative priorities through Congress will be virtually impossible however the President has committed to using the Executive Order and regulatory process to push through key initiatives including minimum wage climate change and gun control Read the full text of the President s 7th and final State of the Union Washington Watch Online Visit NASE Advocacy to view archived editions of Washington Watch While you re there read the latest updates from the Washington D C office write your Congressperson and find out how you can join the fight for micro business Comment Your

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  • Washington Watch - November 19, 2015
    launch of MyRA a retirement savings tools for American workers who don t have access to a retirement plan 401k pension etc through work or haven t taken advantage of retirement plan previously MyRA has been a long standing initiative that the President has promoted to encourage all Americans to save for retirement The plans are free and contributions amounts are determined by the individual making it easy to save You can set up the plan to deduct automatically from your paycheck via direct deposit link to your checking and or savings account or direct any part of your federal tax return to your account The NASE does not endorse MyRA but believes that it is important for our members to save for retirement and MyRA is one of the many tools that can be used by the self employed to save including Roth IRA accounts With the launch of MyRA comes heightened awareness as to the lack of savings by individuals for retirement two recent studies highlight the issue the 2015 Federal Reserve Report demonstrated that 31 people who are still working said they have no retirement savings or pension at all Employees who are close to retirement age average only 12 000 in savings according to a 2013 report by the National Institute on Retirement Savings Speaker Paul Ryan R WI In a stunning turn of events following the surprise resignation of Speaker John Boehner R OH in October that saw Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy R CA remove himself from contention Ways and Means Chairman and former Vice Presidential Candidate Rep Paul Ryan R OH was sworn in as the 54th Speaker of the House Small Business Saturday is Almost Here Shop Small Shop Local Hopefully by the time Saturday November 28th rolls around you have fully digested your Thanksgiving dinner so that you can support a favorite small business in your local community The NASE is proud to support Small Business Saturday and encourages our members to participate in efforts to shop small shop local In 2014 Small Business Saturday sales surpassed 14 3 billion reiterating the importance of small businesses and their economic impact Where will you shop on the 28th Washington Watch Online Visit NASE Advocacy to view archived editions of Washington Watch While you re there read the latest updates from the Washington D C office write your Congressperson and find out how you can join the fight for micro business 2 Comments 2 Sherlyn 11 Jan Eneiihtlngng the world one helpful article at a time 1 Jaycee 20 Jan I m impressed by your writing Are you a professional or just very knabdelgeowle http oawuck com url http qvdxgixl com qvdxgixl url link http xmupfjg com xmupfjg link Comment Your name Click to add Email optional Click to add Comment RadEditor HTML WYSIWYG Editor MS Word like content editing experience thanks to a rich set of formatting tools dropdowns dialogs system modules and built in spell check RadEditor s components toolbar content area

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  • Washington Watch - August 12, 2015
    support their employees in the purchase of health insurance and or other qualified medical expenses The Small Business Healthcare Tax Relief Act S 1697 H R 2911 championed by Senators Grassley R IA and Heitkamp D ND and Representatives Boustany R LA and Thompson D CA allows for small businesses with 49 or less employees to offer HRAs for premium expenses and or qualified health care expenses Efforts during the 113th by Representatives Boustany and Thompson fell short but given the bi partisan bicameral nature of the legislation the NASE is confident that these efforts will be successful The House legislation has 25 co sponsors 13 Democrats and 12 Republicans To learn more about the legislation please read the NASE s letter of support Contact your member of congress and ask them to support S 1697 Senate and H R 2911 House today Find your member of congress here Senator Vitter Introduces Health Care Deduction Bill for SE Senator Vitter Chairman of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee introduced a huge package of tax deductions for small businesses including the full deductibility of health insurance for the self employed S 1827 Small Business Tax Compliance Relief Act does not see to alter tax rates or pursue wholesale reforms Instead the legislation is mostly technical in nature and provides relief from provisions frequently cited as overly restrictive or onerous for a small business stated the Senator in a letter to supporters Read the Senator Vitter s letter The NASE has long championed the full deductibility of health insurance for the self employed The inability for the self employed to deduct the cost of their health insurance is a significant financial burden increases their tax liability by nearly 15 3 annually than other business owners NASE in its letter of support Read NASE s letter of support We look forward to working with the Chairman and his colleagues in advancing this important piece of legislation Ensuring the healthcare system works for all Op Ed The Hill Published on July 27 2015 the NASE argued for continued changes to the ACA that ensure that the self employed have access to affordable and accessible health insurance specifically the access to Health Reimbursement Arrangements Read the entire Op Ed here Washington Watch Online Visit NASE Advocacy to view archived editions of Washington Watch While you re there read the latest updates from the Washington D C office write your Congressperson and find out how you can join the fight for micro business 3 Comments 3 Berlynn 11 Jan Fidnnig this post solves a problem for me Thanks 2 Chyna 20 Jan Action requires knwleedgo and now I can act http hptgfmx com url http ctzzhoe com ctzzhoe url link http uytbhihkg com uytbhihkg link 1 Janese 27 Jan A simple and inetlligent point well made Thanks Comment Your name Click to add Email optional Click to add Comment RadEditor HTML WYSIWYG Editor MS Word like content editing experience thanks to a rich set of

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  • Washington Watch - July, 16 2015
    support their employees in the purchase of health insurance and or other qualified medical expenses The Small Business Healthcare Tax Relief Act S 1697 H R 2911 championed by Senators Grassley R IA and Heitkamp D ND and Representatives Boustany R LA and Thompson D CA allows for small businesses with 49 or less employees to offer HRAs for premium expenses and or qualified health care expenses Efforts during the 113th by Representatives Boustany and Thompson fell short but given the bi partisan bicameral nature of the legislation the NASE is confident that these efforts will be successful To learn more about the legislation please read the NASE s letter of support BREAKING Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division Issues Independent Contractor Interpretation On July 15 2015 the Department of Labor s Wage and Hour Division issued an Administrative Interpretation No 2015 1 of the Fair Labor Standards Act as it relates to how an employer s classify independent contractors The NASE is currently evaluating the administrative interpretation and how it will impact NASE members who are independent contractors and or small businesses utilize independent contractors NASE on C SPAN NASE Vice President of Government Relations Public Affairs Katie Vlietstra was a guest on C SPAN Washington Morning discussing the tax code implications for the self employed and the growing on demand economy Check out the hour long segment here Washington Watch Online Visit NASE Advocacy to view archived editions of Washington Watch While you re there read the latest updates from the Washington D C office write your Congressperson and find out how you can join the fight for micro business Comment Your name Click to add Email optional Click to add Comment RadEditor HTML WYSIWYG Editor MS Word like content editing experience thanks to a rich set

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  • Washington Watch Archive
    Almost Here Shop Small Shop Local Washington Watch August 12 2015 Aug 12 2015 Bi Partisan Bicameral HRA Legislation Introduced Finally Senator Vitter Introduces Health Care Deduction Bill for SE Ensuring the healthcare system works for all Op Ed The Hill Washington Watch July 16 2015 Jul 16 2015 HRA Legislation Finally Introduced in Senate and House BREAKING Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division Issues Independent Contractor Interpretation NASE on C SPAN Washington Watch June 18 2015 Jun 18 2015 NASE Supports 529 College Savings Plans Rep Paulsen R MN Re Introduces Independent Contractor Legislation HRA Legislation Coming Soon Washington Watch March 26 2015 Mar 26 2015 NASE Supports Payroll Cards Freelance Sharing Economy Entrepreneurs Welcome Tax Filing Deadline Approaching Washington Watch February 26 2015 Feb 26 2015 Self Employed Given a Small Breathing Room on HRA Compliance Self Employed and Micro Business Owners Remain Concerned Over Health Care Costs NASE Non Deductible Dues Portion Washington Watch January 30 2015 Jan 30 2015 President Releases Fact Sheet on Tax Reform NASE Attends High Profile Meetings with Treasury and HHS Officials NASE to Release Your Health Care in 2015 Survey Washington Watch December 10 2014 Dec 10 2014 NASE Pushes for HRA Reprieve in 2015 NASE Survey Launches Your Health Care in 2015 House Puts Forth 1 1 Trillion to Fund Federal Government Washington Watch December 4 2014 Dec 04 2014 Tax Bill Passes House Open Enrollment Five Tips from the NASE New Chairman for Small Business Committees in Senate and House Washington Watch July 31 2014 Jul 31 2014 Contradicting Court Rulings on ACA Subsidies Cantwell D WA Introduces Women s Small Business Ownership Act of 2014 Congress Adjourns For August Recess Washington Watch July 16 2014 Jul 16 2014 Senate and House Authorize Differing Funding Plans for Highway

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  • Cardinal Rules For A Smooth, Lean Start-Up
    no fees and quick cash turn around With a quick note about safety always meet buyers in public places away from your home Facebook is a must have for your new business page Boosting ads under your page can give you solid returns fast Choose the area you want to market to even a 10 mile radius to get the message about your new business heard Scope Think about the business you want to begin in terms of customer reach Are you wanting to start a local muffin shop Could the muffin shop be unique enough dynamic and awesome enough to be a national brand There are many ways to grow a business From opening more corporate owned locations to franchising you have options Franchising is a wonderful system and like we know from McDonalds it isn t necessarily about the best burger Consistency in the product is the reason people flock to this mega giant food chain Whether restaurant or service businesses all started with one profitable location with a unique idea In the service business arena from commercial cleaning to accounting many service models become national franchises that thrive Planning Starting a small business in this economy can be frightening Risk adverse business minded professionals have start up business ideas and often stumble in the planning process It s imperative to compile a business plan even if it is 3 5 pages in length Be prepared to change the plan as time passes If you are struggling with composing your first business plan try googling the business you want to start and the word business plan to find a basic starting document to follow Getting started is the hardest part Open a word document name the document and save it and you are on your way to having a plan started Start Up Costs Part of the business plan involves clearly outlining your start up costs Some of the biggest capital expenses when starting a business is purchasing assets such as office furniture vehicles equipment and machinery Computers and technology items I generally suggest to buy new as those items tend to age the quickest and become outdated Online sellers on eBay are scored based on their credibility so don t be afraid to try refurbished or lightly used computers so long as they are sold by reputable sellers Ebay insists sellers are accountable for generally 30 days after purchase Furniture vehicles equipment machinery can all be purchased used at much more cost effective pricing Rarely will you find a success story of any entrepreneur that started with spending money lavishly on items they really didn t need Starting lean may be your only choice if your start up budget is strict and I say count yourself lucky as these disciplines will be great to follow even when the budget doesn t require it I cannot emphasize enough lean is smart and lean also allows for highest profitability the quickest A Case to the previous point Imagine starting

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  • Business Expenses
    updates from Capitol Hill SelfInformed has it all January 2016 Member Profile Finding Self Employment Shamone Ransom is the owner of Ransom s Recruiting w Career Services located in Conyers Georgia Shamone has a Master s of Business Administration and has been a human resources and general management professional for over ten years Ransom s Recruiting is a third party recruitment and full time employment placement organization In addition to the employment services Shamone also specializes in resume writing a skill she acquired at the end of college which led to her joining the National Résumé Writers Association Also in this Issue View all NASE news Business Expenses Monday January 25 2016 Q I am getting ready to do my taxes for last year and not sure how to treat stuff I bought for my business like my laptop printer and office furniture What line on my business tax return do I include these expenses A The costs associated with the new equipment and furniture will certainly provide a tax deduction to the extent the items are used in the ordinary course of business However unlike many other expenses these items are not direct expenses to be included on a particular line of your Schedule C Profit or Loss from Business The items you mentioned are considered capital assets which basically mean they will typically last your business more than just one year and therefore must be capitalized The total cost of the business assets will still generate a full deduction over time but must be allocated over the expected useful life of each asset recognizing a portion of the expense for each year for which there is a benefit The yearly recognition of that expense is commonly called depreciation and will be included on IRS Form 4562 Depreciation and Amortization You can download a copy of the form along with instructions directly from the IRS website at www IRS gov The IRS also has a free publication that you can download to help with the detail called IRS Publication 946 How to Depreciate Property Perhaps the best news is that for most small businesses there are a number of depreciation options that can speed up this process so that up to 100 of the cost of each item will still show up on the first tax return The benefit here is that the total deduction can be accelerated reducing your taxes now rather than having to wait several years for the full benefit The Section 179 deduction will allow for in effect 100 depreciation in the first year for most property and can be very beneficial There are also bonus depreciation options that can also increase the amount that can be included in the year new property is acquired The key point is that capital assets such as those that you mentioned computers printers office furniture etc require a little more paperwork and a little more effort before the full tax benefit shows up on your tax return Take

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