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  • NASE Statement on Small Business Administration Nominee
    WASHINGTON D C 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 We are optimistic that with the announcement of Maria Contreras Sweet to lead the Small Business Administration President Obama and his Administration will be focused on fostering and encouraging the entrepreneurial spirit of this country including for the 23 million self employed who are working tirelessly each an everyday to achieve the American Dream The year ahead is full of critical challenges that the NASE is eager to work to address with the leadership of the SBA ranging from the implementation of the new health care law to tax filing changes to the continued inequity in the tax code faced by the self employed Our community will need a strong and vocal advocate inside the Administration to ensure we have the tools and resources to be competitive not only locally but also globally We look forward to working with Administrator designee Contreras Sweet the Administration and Congress to ensure our community continues to strengthen our economy Vlietstra will be attending today s announcement at the White House For media interested in booking interviews with Vlietstra before or after the announcement please contact Kristofer Eisenla at kristofer lunaeisenlamedia com or at 202 670 5747 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 of benefits to help entrepreneurs succeed and to drive the continued growth of this vital

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2014/01/15/nase-statement-on-small-business-administration-nominee (2016-02-14)
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  • Ring in the New Year by Paying More Taxes
    for the Self Employed Releases List of New and Rising Taxes in 2014 WASHINGTON D C 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 As the new year approaches America s smallest businesses the self employed and micro businesses must factor in to their bottom lines additional taxes they will face in 2014 Katie Vlietstra Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs at NASE It is important small business owners educate themselves about these rising taxes for their 2014 planning While the small business community continues to struggle with a growing list of unequal taxes and penalties these additional taxes will make it harder for them to grow and expand in the new year PAYING MORE TAXES IN 2014 MEDICARE SURTAX Individuals and families will see a little less in their paychecks starting January 1 2014 wage earners and self employed individuals who make more than 200 000 individual and 250 000 couple will be assessed an additional 9 Medicare surtax on top of the existing 1 45 Medicare payroll tax as well as a 3 8 Medicare tax on unearned income investment dividends rental income interest and capital gains on property MEDICAL EXPENSE RESTRICTIONS Individual and families falling below the 200 000 will experience new restrictions on medical expense deductions and flexible spending accounts including penalties for spending money on non qualified medical expenses simple human error Additionally taxpayers who itemize their medical expense deductions will only be able to do so if those expenses exceed 10 of adjusted gross income AGI previously it was 7 5 One carve out individuals and or your spouse who are 65 or older will be exempted from the increase and will still be able to use the 7 5 threshold THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT PENALTY The biggest tax hit will be faced by those individuals and families that fail to show proof of a qualified health care plan or a Grandfathered health care plan for 2014 Failure to do so will result in a fine of 95 or 1 of your income whichever is higher in 2014 That fine increases to 325 or 2 of income in 2015 and 695 or 2 5 of your income by 2016 The NASE aims to educate small business owners about the tax code including working with policymakers to mitigate the financial impact of the law on the 23 million self employed who are working to help fuel our economy Access to affordable health care and comprehensive health insurance shouldn t have a negative tax impact on the self employed 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 of benefits to help entrepreneurs succeed and to drive the continued growth

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2013/12/22/ring-in-the-new-year-by-paying-more-taxes (2016-02-14)
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  • Latest ACA “Clarification” Creates More Obstacles for Small Businesses
    self employed and micro businesses today released the following statement The myriad of clarifications already issued by the Administration places further challenges in educating and informing our members to the continuous last minute changes and tweaks to the ACA that are meant to help them but ultimately have led to a confused and frustrated consumer base said Katie Vlietstra Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs at NASE This latest clarification by Secretary Sebelius allowing for individuals who had unplanned health care plan cancellations to apply for a hardship exemption and rely on catastrophic plans for the upcoming year continues to erode the President s promise to keep their existing plans or access other affordable and comprehensive health care insurance We continue to call on the Obama Administration and Members of Congress to take swift action and delay the individual mandate penalty for one year for everyone while extending open enrollment for all of 2014 In response to the outcry over canceled health care plans the Obama Administration will extend a hardship exemption to consumers who believe plans sold through the state and federal exchanges are too expensive The new exemption gives consumers the choice of no insurance or of buying subpar catastrophic coverage including those 30 and older This latest change makes more murky the options available to the self employed because insurers are left scrambling to produce suitable insurance products There is currently no pricing available for catastrophic coverage for those 30 and older which creates an unstable insurance market for all levels of consumers The American public continues to be divided by carve outs provided to certain groups of the population in an attempt to address the ongoing challenges faced by the continued disastrous roll out of the Exchange marketplace The majority of America s smallest

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2013/12/20/latest-aca-clarification-creates-more-obstacles-for-small-businesses (2016-02-14)
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  • Vlietstra Named Vice President for 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 In this new position Katie will manage NASE s Washington D C operation while continuing to educate policymakers about the self employed an important small business demographic and advocate on our behalf said Hall She will also take on managing all public affairs activities in promoting the association through the media as our spokesperson on all major policy and political initiatives Over the past two years Katie s work has helped small and micro business owners gain an instrumental voice at the public policy table both in Congress and throughout the country We look forward to her continuing contributions and congratulate her on this new endeavor Katie brings nine 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 advocacy 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 While she doesn t claim to have a favorite issue she loves the processes and procedures of lawmaking Ever committed to professional and personal development Katie relishes her role as President of Women in Government Relations and is committed to ensuring that WGR stays true to its commitment to empower and educate women in the government relations field To read Katie s full bio please click here

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2013/12/09/vlietstra-named-vice-president-for-the-national-association-for-the-self-employed (2016-02-14)
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  • Support America’s Smallest Businesses on Small Business Saturday
    to Shop Invest and Support Local Small Retailers This Holiday Season WASHINGTON DC 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 As millions of Americans hit the retailers today for Black Friday it is important to remember that the small business community including the smallest businesses the self employed and micro businesses is helping to strengthen not only our local economy but our national economy as well said Katie Vlietstra Director of Government Affairs for NASE Despite being the fuel of our economic recovery the small business community continues to face burdensome tax regulations and mounting inequities from the new health care system both that threaten their bottom line Supporting these small business owners means much more than just shopping on main street but it also means supporting economic policies that will help them open grow and expand The NASE is celebrating Small Business Saturday by supporting our Small Business Locator a one stop directory that connects NASE member businesses said Keith Hall President and CEO of NASE Our network of small business owners offers a variety of services and we hope it becomes a resource for not only the NASE membership but anyone looking for services nationwide Small Business Saturday takes place on Saturday November 30 th To connect to the Small Business Locator click here 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 of benefits to help

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2013/12/02/support-america-s-smallest-businesses-on-small-business-saturday (2016-02-14)
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  • Statement from NASE on Delay of Online Enrollment of Federal Small Business Exchange
    all NASE news Statement from NASE on Delay of Online Enrollment of Federal Small Business Exchange Monday December 02 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Kristofer Eisenla LUNA EISENLA media kristofer eisenlamedia com 202 670 5747 mobile National Association for the Self Employed Expresses Disappointment Over Delay of Online Enrollment in Small Business Exchange WASHINGTON DC 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 Today s announcement by the Obama Administration to further delay online enrollment of the federal small business exchange is just another blow to the new health care program The Obama Administration continues to make it incredibly difficult for small businesses to adequately plan and prepare when they continue to move the goal post We have provided the Administration with guidance and clear examples of how this type of decision will negatively impact us and yet they continue to ignore the businesses that create the vast majority of jobs in the United States We are disappointed to say the least small business owners now have less than 45 days to scramble and find adequate health care coverage for them and their employees 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 of benefits to help entrepreneurs succeed and to drive the continued growth of this vital segment of the American economy The NASE Small Business Locator helps identify and connect our nation s smallest businesses The NASE is a 501 c 6 nonprofit organization and

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2013/12/02/statement-from-nase-on-delay-of-online-enrollment-of-federal-small-business-exchange (2016-02-14)
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  • President’s New Health Care Proposal is “Bad Policy” and “Short-Sighted”
    announced new rules today allowing insurance companies to extend non compliant health care plans into 2014 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 today called the Administration s new proposal bad policy Today s announcement by the White House comes a day after officials at the Department of Health and Human Services HHS released enrollment numbers for the first month in the Affordable Care Act s ACA showing a dismal 106 185 enrollees The Administration has delivered a stinging blow to the health care reform law by muddying the waters of an already confusing and botched enrollment process in the Exchange marketplaces said Katie Vlietstra NASE s Director of Government Affairs The NASE along with the millions of self employed and micro businesses nationwide who will be in the individual market strongly opposes this new approach to fix the problem by the Administration We advocate for simple and common sense tweaks to the health care reform process such as allowing for a 12 month open enrollment period and delaying the individual mandate penalty for one year The bottom line the White House proposal is short sighted and presents further challenges for everyday Americans to comply with the individual mandate requirements Eliminating the open enrollment deadline would allow adequate time for small businesses and American s nationwide to become better informed about the options available and costs associated with the new health care plans Delaying the individual mandate penalty will put individual American s including the self employed on a level playing field with the rest of the business community who have already won a reprieve from the Administration for one year The NASE recently conducted a survey of its membership that indicated that over half of the respondents were unsure if they would enroll in the new health care Exchanges The NASE is currently conducting a post enrollment survey of its membership in which the findings will be released soon We encourage Members of Congress to work together in a bipartisan way to fix this legislation so it can provide access to affordable health care for all Americans concluded Vlietstra RESOURCES FOR INDIVIDUALS AND THE SELF EMPLOYED The More You Know Infographic offers topline advice for America s 23 million self employed and micro businesses as they prepare for the opening of the federal and state health care Exchanges The NASE has been supporting the small business communities around the country become better informed about how to approach the upcoming open enrollment period Affordable Care Act in Brief highlights how the new health care law will impact 23 million self employed and micro businesses nationwide It outlines the pros and cons of health care coverage small businesses must consider while underlining the lack of information in the public domain about the health care law the Exchanges and details of enrollment requirements The National Association for the Self Employed

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2013/11/14/president-s-new-health-care-proposal-is-bad-policy-and-short-sighted- (2016-02-14)
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  • Time to Eliminate Open Enrollment Deadline and Delay Individual Mandate Penalty
    and Delay Individual Mandate Penalty Tuesday October 29 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT Kristofer Eisenla Luna Eisenla Media kristofer eisenlamedia com 202 670 5747 mobile Amidst Structural and Technological Glitches Small Business Owners and Individual American s Need More Time and Education WASHINGTON DC As the House Committee on Ways and Means holds a hearing this morning on the Status of the Affordable Care Act Implementation 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 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 The NASE submitted an official statement for the record for today s U S House Ways and Means Committee hearing that advocates for immediate and swift action eliminating the open enrollment period and delaying the individual mandate penalty The launch of the new health care Exchanges have been marred in structural and technical glitches from day one when the focus should be on providing access to affordable health care said Katie Vlietstra NASE s Director of Government Affairs Eliminating the open enrollment deadline would allow adequate time for small businesses and American s nationwide to become better informed about the options available and costs associated with the new health care plans Delaying the individual mandate penalty will put individual American s including the self employed on a level playing field with the rest of the business community who have already won a reprieve from the Administration for one year The NASE recently conducted a survey of its membership that indicated that over half of the respondents were unsure if they would enroll in the new health care Exchanges The NASE is currently conducting a post enrollment survey of its membership in which the findings will be released soon RESOURCES FOR INDIVIDUALS AND THE SELF EMPLOYED The More You Know Infographic offers topline advice for America s 23 million self employed and micro businesses as they prepare for the opening of the federal and state health care Exchanges The NASE has been supporting the small business communities around the country become better informed about how to approach the upcoming open enrollment period Affordable Care Act in Brief highlights how the new health care law will impact 23 million self employed and micro businesses nationwide It outlines the pros and cons of health care coverage small businesses must consider while underlining the lack of information in the public domain about the health care law the Exchanges and details of enrollment requirements 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 of benefits to help entrepreneurs succeed and to drive the continued growth of this vital segment of the American economy The NASE Small Business Locator helps identify and connect our nation s smallest businesses The NASE

    Original URL path: http://selfemployed.nase.org/about-us/media-relations/PressReleases/2013/10/29/time-to-eliminate-open-enrollment-deadline-and-delay-individual-mandate-penalty (2016-02-14)
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