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  • Tax Filing Tips and Updates for Californians (Rocklin and Roseville Today)

    Mar 17, 2014

    As the California public, including thousands of small business owners in the state, prepare to file their 2013 tax returns, the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), a leading advocate and resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses, today released important tax tips, resources and updates to the tax code for filing accurate returns.

  • Committee explores ACA’s impact on self-employed individuals (The Ripon Advance)

    Mar 11, 2014

    The Affordable Care Act’s impact on self-employed business owners was the topic of a House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce hearing last week. Rep. Richard Hanna (R-N.Y.), the chairman of the subcommittee, said self-employed business owners have faced higher insurance costs, smaller provider networks and coverage confusion since implementation of the ACA.

  • Tips For Coping With New Tax Rules (INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY)

    Mar 07, 2014

    With tax season under way, you're scratching your head, trying to figure out how to cope with higher levies facing taxpayers on 2013 returns and how to plan for 2014. One key to tackling this problem is to think of the new rules as different aspects of the same challenge. The taxes differ from one another, and higher tax rates kick in at various income thresholds. But the solution is the same for several of them.

  • House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce Hearing (Insurance News Net)

    Mar 07, 2014

    Chairman Hanna, Ranking Member Meng, and Members of the Subcommittee, thank you for the opportunity today to offer the self-employed's perspective on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and to share with you its impact on those of us trying each and every day to keep our businesses afloat so that we can leave a lasting legacy for future generations.

  • Taking the Home Office Deduction? Read This (Fox Business)

    Feb 21, 2014

    The IRS says it is making it easier this year to file the home-office deduction. Instead of filling out the long and complicated form 8829 as in the past, taxpayers can now take a standard deduction, according to the IRS. The standard deduction is equal to the square footage of the home office multiplied by $5 for a maximum deduction of $1,500.

  • Tax 411: Five things every small business owner needs to know about filing taxes this year (NY Daily News)

    Feb 20, 2014

    It's no picnic being a small business owner this time of the year. Yes, it's tax season for small firms, too - time to gather up those receipts and bank statements to make sure you get all the deductions you are entitled to. Here are five things small business owners need to know:

  • Deducting for a home office can be streamlined this year (SFGate)

    Feb 20, 2014

    It's not often that something in the tax code gets easier, which makes the new simplified home office deduction noteworthy. Starting with 2013 tax returns, people who work from home have the option of deducting up to $1,500 worth of housing-related expenses in one line on their tax return. Or they can use the old option, which involves filling a complex 43-line form (8829, Expenses for Business Use of Your Home).

  • Midsize firms get reprieve on Obamacare (Business Record)

    Feb 12, 2014

    Small businesses will have more time to comply with the employer mandate requirements of the federal health care overhaul, the Obama administration announced Monday. Under final regulations issued by the Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service, businesses that employ between 50 and 99 full-time workers will have until January 2016 to comply with the employer mandate to provide health insurance, Accounting Today reported.

  • Small businesses react to CBO report on ObamaCare (Fox Business)

    Feb 11, 2014

    Katie Vlietstra, NASE's Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs goes on Fox Business to discuss the CBO report and what it means for small business owners and entrepreneurs.

  • Yet Another Delay for Obamacare, Until January 2016 (Small Business Trends)

    Feb 11, 2014

    We’re at the point where we’ll soon need a spreadsheet to keep track of all the changes to Obamacare. This afternoon the Obama Administration once again delayed a provision of the Affordable Care Act.

  • Self-Employed Workers' Big Concern About Obamacare Subsidies (Bloomberg Businessweek)

    Jan 24, 2014

    In 2013, my husband and I were both employed and had company-provided health insurance. In 2014, we are both unemployed and starting our own business. We’re not sure what kind of income we’ll bring in this year so we’re not sure how to figure out if we qualify for Obamacare subsidies. Our 2013 income will be too high to use as an estimate. Also, if we qualify for large subsidies, can we take them now and then reduce them later if our business takes off and we make more than expected? This seems like an obvious concern for many self-employed people.

  • Small businesses have wish list for new SBA head (AP)

    Jan 22, 2014

    Maria Contreras-Sweet, are you listening? Now that President Barack Obama has nominated you to run the Small Business Administration, owners have a to-do list for you.

  • Small business owners breathe sigh of relief as Obama taps SBA leader (Washington Post)

    Jan 17, 2014

    It had been nearly a year since the White House started searching for a new leader for the Small Business Administration, and more than four months since the former top executive gave up the wait and departed, leaving the agency in the hands of a more-than-capable but not-quite-official interim leader.

  • Obama Picks Maria Contreras-Sweet to Lead the SBA (Reuters)

    Jan 15, 2014

    After more than six months without a leader, the Small Business Administration may finally have a new chief. President Barack Obama is set to nominate Maria Contreras-Sweet, the founder of ProAmerica Bank, as the new leader of the SBA later today, according a senior administration official.

  • Small businesses will face challenges in 2014, but resources to help are available (Miami Herald)

    Jan 06, 2014

    The vast majority of small businesses in the U.S. took a financial hit during the Great Recession. For years, as the recession gripped the economy, the outlook for small business growth remained grim. But today, some five years later, small firms with fewer than 100 employees are finally feeling optimistic about the future, according to a recent American Express OPEN Small Business Monitor survey.