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  • National Association for the Self-Employed Celebrates America’s Small Business Community as Part of “National Small Business Week”
    s leading advocate and resource for self employed and micro businesses today salutes America s nearly 27 million smallest businesses for their contributions to our national and local economies during this week s National Small Business Week The NASE is a proud sponsor of the week long effort lead by The Small Business Administration SBA who is holding events around the country to showcase the power and influence of America s small business community America s smallest businesses the self employed and micro businesses are the heart of our country s small business community said Katie Vlietstra Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs From mom and pop small businesses to sole proprietors they provide the fuel for our nation s economic engine With over 75 percent of the small business community containing either just a sole proprietor or small employers with up to 9 employees the NASE applauds the contributions of this important and unique demographic We welcome and encourage those brave and courageous individuals making their path towards self employment Vlietstra continued We stand proud at NASE to sponsor the SBA s national effort devoted to our small business community It is important that we help these new and existing entrepreneurs grow and succeed from financial and training support on main street to policymaking in Congress when it comes to tax parity Health Reimbursement Account reform and other growth opportunities The NASE has incorporated its Small Business Locator onto its website helping to connect customers with services they need that are provided by our nation s small businesses This online network allows our members and the public to locate collaborate and engage with each other to foster their professional needs The National Association for the Self Employed NASE is the nation s leading resource for the self

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2015/05/05/national-association-for-the-self-employed-celebrates-america-s-small-business-community-as-part-of-national-small-business-week- (2016-02-14)
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  • Indiana Small Business Selected as National Association for the Self-Employed “Member Spotlight”
    here for a question and answer series featuring Mark Dominiak founder and Principle Strategist of Insight Garden in this month s Self Informed Magazine Mark Dominiak founder and Principle Strategist of Insight Garden started his business in 2004 with 30 years of experience in the communications industry His core area of expertise is founded in media and message context strategy Mark has leveraged his deep media background to develop a unique strategist s perspective of consumers and brands helping clients solve challenging marketing problems in Marketing Advertising and Business Growth areas We congratulate Mark Dominiak and Indiana s Insight Garden on being selected as this month s featured cover story in our national Self Informed Magazine said John Hearrell Vice President of Membership and Affiliate Programs As the nation s leading advocate for the self employed and businesses with less than 10 employees it is important for us to highlight members who are on the ground doing the hard work of realizing their dream of being an entrepreneur In addition to his professional career and small business Dominiak is also involved on pro bono and civic projects with municipalities colleges and churches He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Whiting Robertsdale Chamber of Commerce As part of the magazine s cover story Dominiak was asked Why did you start your business Insight Garden I interviewed at many media companies but also started to develop a business plan as another possible path That interview process opened my eyes quite a bit Everyone I interviewed with was so corporate and impersonal It really felt that another job at a large company was just a path to immersing into someone else s culture and beliefs I decided not to go down that path and create a business that was definitely entrepreneurial and a real expression of who I was as a media professional and business person said Mark Dominiak founder and Principle Strategist of Whiting Indiana based Insight Garden Dominiak was also asked What s the most important piece of advice you would give to someone starting their own business I would say not to let the fear of uncertainty stop you from taking the chance Dominiak continued Learning new things and conquering uncertainty is actually one of the most fulfilling benefits of becoming self employed When you work for someone else for a long time it is easy to fall into the trap of thinking their work paradigm is the way career life operates But there is a whole other world of new career and business acumen out there to experience All it takes is to boldly step forward to embrace the uncertainty and learn from it not run from it NASE members enjoy a comprehensive list of benefits designed to help small business owners and sole proprietors start and grow their business A complete listing of benefits available to NASE members is available here NASE members are offered a host of resources designed to help support entrepreneurs and

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2015/04/29/indiana-small-business-selected-as-national-association-for-the-self-employed-member-spotlight- (2016-02-14)
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  • “7 in 7” – National Association for the Self-Employed Releases 7 Tips for the Final 7 Business Days before April 15th Tax Deadline
    or travel expenses Take the time to check your records update your mileage log do your due diligence If a question ever comes up it won t be tomorrow but several years from now and you won t remember where you got that number So avoid short cuts do your homework in gathering your little stack of paper and you will be glad you did 6 Stay Connected As a small business owner it is easy to feel like you are out there all alone If you have an Internet connection you have resources Bookmark the IRS website at IRS gov Bookmark the website for the National Association for the Self Employed at NASE org Take some time to ask questions search the site and review potential deductions that you may have missed Stay connected and remember that you are NOT alone 5 Look for Hidden Deductions Most deductions come straight from your business checkbook But some items like the business use of your personal vehicle the business use of a space in your home as a home office are easily forgotten because they don t show up as a cash disbursement In addition many small business owners forget about the options for a deductible retirement plan contribution Make sure you don t miss these deductions in calculating the net income from your small business 4 Red Flag Red Herring Make sure that you are extremely diligent in taking advantage of every single legitimate deduction to which you are entitled Do not avoid a deduction because you heard it was a red flag Foregoing a deductible item that you are entitled to is like paying the IRS part of your hard earned money in exchange for reducing your chances of audit from about 0087 to 0086 Do your homework document your deductions and DO NOT give the IRS any more money than you absolutely have to 3 Don t Forget About the Affordable Care Act ACA Under the ACA all of us must have a qualified health plan or we must pay an extra tax on our 2014 tax return Make sure you check the right boxes based on the choices you made during 2014 for health coverage This is new this year so make sure you don t forget 2 Build a Paper Fort Yes we are supposed to be heading to a paperless society but at tax time you still want to have a stack of paper Take some time to build your own little paper fort You should have received 1099s W 2s 1098s K 1s 1099INTs 1099DIVs etc Now is the time to find all of that paper and organize summarize and secure it If a question ever comes up and the IRS wants to know most questions can be answered with a single piece of paper 1 Out of Time File an Extension It s April 15 th and the return is due Still not done You can certainly ask for more time Request and

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2015/04/06/-7-in-7-national-association-for-the-self-employed-releases-7-tips-for-the-final-7-business-days-before-april-15th-tax-deadline (2016-02-14)
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  • National Association for the Self-Employed Announces Extension of Deadline for Education Scholarship
    large for most Americans the National Association for the Self Employed NASE the nation s leading advocate and resource for the self employed and micro business community today announced the deadline for the association s scholarship program has been extended until April 30 th 2015 The NASE Dependent Scholarship Program is an educational scholarship awarded to the dependent of NASE members to help ease the financial burden of tuition and other costs associated with attending college This year four winners will be chosen and each will receive 3 000 scholarships from the National Association for the Self Employed Since 1989 we have awarded more than 1 8 million to our members dependents through the NASE Scholarship Program said John Hearrell Vice President of Membership and Affiliate Programs For the last twenty five years this scholarship has continued to help defray the costs and ease the burden for many self employed members Rising higher education costs continue to affect the bottom lines of all Americans and for self employed and micro business owner that strain can sometimes be crushing for both the family and business budget This award winning program is open to legal dependents of NASE Members ages 16 24 To apply students need to be high school students or college undergraduates planning to enroll in college for the upcoming fall semester Consideration is based upon Leadership abilities Academic performance Teacher recommendations Career and educational background School and community participation Financial need The application period for scholarships for the 2015 2016 academic year has been extended from January 5 th 2015 until April 30 th 2015 Applications received after April 30 th 2015 will not be considered NASE members interested in applying for the scholarship or checking the status of an application can do so by going here and creating an account To become a member of NASE apply online here Further information about the NASE Dependent Scholarship Program can be viewed through this FAQ Document here or by sending an email with questions to info applyists com Note Please include the name of the scholarship program or sponsor NASE and your username in your email For more information on additional scholarships and grants available from NASE please click here NASE members also enjoy a comprehensive list of benefits designed to help small business owners and sole proprietors start and grow their business A complete listing of benefits available to NASE members is available here NASE members are offered a host of resources designed to help support entrepreneurs and small employers including access to professional Ask the Experts services in tax health care and marketing a navigational assistant health care portal scholarships and grants discounts on shipping rates and affordable email marketing systems and webhosting services NASE s newest member benefits continue the tradition of providing real world bottom line assistance to small business owners The National Association for the Self Employed NASE is the nation s leading resource for the self employed and micro businesses bringing a broad range

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2015/04/01/national-association-for-the-self-employed-announces-extension-of-deadline-for-education-scholarship (2016-02-14)
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  • Frederick, MD Small Business Selected as National Association for the Self-Employed “Member Spotlight”
    is the featured cover story on March s NASE Self Informed Magazine DeValerio has been a local member of NASE since 2005 Click here for a question and answer series featuring Alan DeValerio founder of White House Memories in this month s magazine Alan DeValerio founder of White House Memories started his business in 2012 after working as a butler at the White House in Washington D C from 1980 to 1989 After entering retirement DeValerio started his business to tell his behind the scenes stories about entertaining at the White House and how the process has evolved since FDR to the present Not only does DeValerio relate his firsthand experiences with history but also relays stories he s heard from those who have been taking care of our country s First Families ever since FDR s Administration We congratulate Alan DeValerio and White House Memories on being selected as this month s featured cover story in our national Self Informed Magazine said John Hearrell Vice President of Membership and Affiliate Programs As the nation s leading advocate for the self employed and business with less than 10 employees it is important for us to highlight members who are on the ground doing the hard work of realizing their dream of being an entrepreneur As part of the magazine s cover story DeValerio was asked What inspired him to start his own business When President Obama was elected in 2008 there was an article in the Washington Post about former Head Butler and Maitre d Eugene Allen and his 34 years of service at the White House Gene was my boss and his story really caught on You might recall the movie The Butler it was made about Gene s life As I began to enter my retirement years I was thinking of how I wanted to continue to work and I thought that people might be interested in my story as well said Alan DeValerio founder of White House Memories and White House butler from 1980 to 1989 DeValerio was asked additionally What is the best thing about being self employed The independence and the ability to call all your own shots As a semi retired individual the flexibility in my schedule is almost priceless DeValerio continued However he warned future entrepreneurs to Make sure that there is a market for what you intend to do before investing too heavily in your time and money Understand what the start up costs will be first before moving forward Take advantage of any tax breaks meant to help the self employed NASE members enjoy a comprehensive list of benefits designed to help small business owners and sole proprietors start and grow their business A complete listing of benefits available to NASE members is available here NASE members are offered a host of resources designed to help support entrepreneurs and small employers including access to professional Ask the Experts services in tax health care and marketing a navigational assistant health care portal

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2015/03/30/frederick-md-small-business-selected-as-national-association-for-the-self-employed-member-spotlight- (2016-02-14)
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  • 2014 Tax Code Updates and Filing Tips for American Taxpayers
    mileage reimbursement rate and investment contributions there are several changes to the tax code that will impact this year s return You can never be too prepared and now is the time to start gathering your documents 2014 TAX CHANGES AND ADJUSTMENTS The new Affordable Care Act ACA penalty for non compliance Potential individual exceptions to the ACA penalty A streamlined standard home office deduction available The standard mileage rate for business use of an automobile has changed to 56 cents per mile 57 5 cents for 2015 Limits for retirement plan contributions such as IRAs and 401 k plans have increased The loss of the applicability of Health Reimbursement Accounts HRAs As Congress considers tax reform this year it is important that the small business community be included in any overhaul of the tax system To ensure fairness sole proprietors and small employers on Main Street should also be part of any comprehensive tax reform just like their corporate counterparts on Wall Street concluded Hall Small employers across the nation are part of the largest small business demographic of 27 million self employed and micro businesses according to newly released 2012 U S Census statistics This is an increase of 80 822 self employed 55 165 and micro businesses 25 657 nationally over 2011 In fact 2012 represents a peak year for the self employed with an average growth rate of 2 86 percent over the last 10 years more than any other small business demographic latest information available from 2012 provided by the U S Census Bureau Statistics on Nonemployer and U S Small Businesses TIPS FOR FILING You are not alone use many of the countless NASE resources available to help you through your preparation in addition the SBA and local Small Business Development centers are standing by to help Get details straight from the source bookmark the IRS website in order to get the details you need Look for hidden deductions many people overlook deductions that could save thousands of dollars File Electronically to avoid math errors Avoid shortcuts If you just can t get it done you can ask for more time The NASE advocates for fairness and simplification in the nation s tax code Not only should adjustments be made to the corporate tax rate but also the individual rate the rate at which the majority of the self employed and small employers taxes are calculated The NASE is also a leading supporter of the Small Business Healthcare Relief Act which would allow for the continued utilization of standalone health reimbursement arrangements HRAs for small employers 49 or less employees These HRA arrangements have currently been disqualified under the new regulations outlined in the Affordable Care Act a major change for the small business community this year The Administration has recently delayed the implementation of this regulation for the short term but a long term bipartisan solution is needed to address this issue For more information on completing your 2014 tax documents visit NASE

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2015/03/20/2014-tax-code-updates-and-filing-tips-for-american-taxpayers (2016-02-14)
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  • Press Releases
    released the following statements NASE Statement on Small Business Administration Nominee Jan 15 2014 Katie Vlietstra Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs at the National Association for the Self Employed NASE the nation s leading advocate and resource for the self employed and micro businesses today released the following statement with news that the Obama Administration will nominate Maria Contreras Sweet as Administrator of the Small Business Administration SBA today at a White House press conference Ring in the New Year by Paying More Taxes Dec 22 2013 With just days away from 2014 The National Association for the Self Employed NASE the nation s leading advocate and resource for the self employed and micro businesses today released a list of new and rising taxes for America s smallest businesses in the new year Latest ACA Clarification Creates More Obstacles for Small Businesses Dec 20 2013 With the Obama Administration s announcement that a hardship exemption will be extended to those consumers whose health care plan was canceled the National Association for the Self Employed NASE the nation s leading advocate and resource for the self employed and micro businesses today released the following statement Vlietstra Named Vice President for the National Association for the Self Employed Dec 09 2013 Keith Hall President and CEO of the National Association for the Self Employed NASE the nation s leading advocate and resource for the self employed and micro businesses today announced that Katie Vlietstra will be promoted to Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs The newly enhanced position will cover a broad range of activities including managing the Washington DC office but also directing all government relations and public affairs activities Vlietstra was formerly NASE s Director of Government Affairs Support America s Smallest Businesses on Small Business Saturday Dec 02 2013 As Americans prepare to take advantage of today s Black Friday deals The National Association for the Self Employed NASE the nation s leading advocate and resource for the self employed and micro businesses shines a light on America s smallest businesses this Small Business Saturday Supporting and investing in the small business community helps grow our local regional and national economies Statement from NASE on Delay of Online Enrollment of Federal Small Business Exchange Dec 02 2013 In reaction to the announcement by the Obama Administration that online enrollment of the federal small business exchange SHOP will be delayed Katie Vlietstra Director of Government Affairs for The National Association for the Self Employed NASE the nation s leading advocate and resource for the self employed and micro businesses released the following statement New Obamacare Survey Majority of Small Businesses Feel They Will Be Unable to Secure Comprehensive Affordable Health Care in 2014 Nov 20 2013 Over a month after the launch of the new health care system a majority of small and micro business owners trying to enroll believe they will be unable to secure affordable health care coverage in the new year according

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/page/3 (2016-02-14)
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  • Press Releases
    beginning October 1st The National Association for the Self Employed NASE the nation s leading advocate and resource for the self employed and micro businesses released a key guide the Affordable Care Act in Brief to educate and help assist Pennsylvania s small business community during this transition period The New York Times Uncovers One Year Delay of Consumer Protections in New Health Care Reform Law Aug 13 2013 With less than six weeks to go before the October 1st open enrollment period begins for the new Affordable Care Act implementation today The New York Times uncovered a little noticed ruling that delays until 2015 a significant consumer protection in the law that limits how much people may have to spend on their own health care Katie Vlietstra Director of Government Affairs for The National Association for the Self Employed NASE the nation s leading resource and advocate for the self employed and micro businesses calls the latest discovery further evidence of a process that has been mired with incomplete and lacking information on the impact this law will have on America s self employed and micro business community Over 2 Million Texas Small Businesses Brace for New Health Care Reform Law Aug 12 2013 With enrollment in our nation s new health care system quickly approaching 2 273 508 small businesses across the state of Texas are preparing and educating themselves about the impact of the sweeping new health care reform law enacted by Congress last year Today in advance of the open enrollment period beginning October 1st The National Association for the Self Employed NASE the nation s leading advocate and resource for the self employed and micro businesses released a key guide the Affordable Care Act in Brief to educate and help assist Texas small business community during this transition period In addition small businesses will gain a new streamlined home office tax deduction in the 2013 tax filing season Over 800 000 Michigan Small Businesses Brace for New Health Care Reform Law Aug 12 2013 With enrollment in our nation s new health care system quickly approaching 800 564 small businesses across the state of Michigan are preparing and educating themselves about the impact of the sweeping new health care reform law enacted by Congress last year Today in advance of the open enrollment period beginning October 1st The National Association for the Self Employed NASE the nation s leading advocate and resource for the self employed and micro businesses released a key guide the Affordable Care Act in Brief to educate and help assist Michigan s small business community during this transition period Over 140 000 New Mexico Small Businesses Brace for New Health Care Reform Law Home Office Deduction Aug 06 2013 With enrollment in our nation s new health care system quickly approaching 146 962 small businesses across the state of New Mexico are preparing and educating themselves about the impact of the sweeping new health care reform law enacted by Congress last

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/page/4 (2016-02-14)
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