Self Made: NASE's Blog

Wednesday, August 01, 2012
Posted by Kristin Oberlander - On behalf of the 21 million self-employed Americans, the NASE is, once again, holding Congressional leaders accountable for the lack of true small business legislation in the 112th session. Earlier this week, the NASE submitted a letter to the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Tax and Select Revenue formally requesting a hearing on H.R. 6102, America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2012. In June 2012 the NASE released its national health care survey, in which 85% of respondents indicated that rising health coverage costs have been detrimental to themselves, their families, their businesses and ...
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Friday, July 27, 2012
Posted by Kristin Oberlander - Take a peak at today's top stories in small business. I present to you, my favorite small biz stories of the day: These 3 Questions Will Help You Close ( Small Retailers Open Up Storefronts On Facebook Pages (New York Times) 3 Personality Types That Can Harm Your Business ( Businesses Confront 'Swipe Fee' Conundrum (Wall Street Journal)
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Posted by Katie Vlietstra - Come August 1st, some members of the self-employed community will receive rebate checks from their health insurance companies if they failed to spend 80% of health care premiums on medical care. The 80/20 rule or Medical Loss Ratio rule was included in the Affordable Care Act as a mechanism to ensure transparency and accountability between the consumer and health insurance companies.  It is estimated that a family of four that purchases its own health insurance could receive a rebate up to $151. Based on data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, it is ...
Monday, July 23, 2012
Posted by Keith Hall (NASE National Tax Advisor) - I think you are probably like me and are extremely proud to be an American.  To live in the most powerful and most free country in the world is truly a blessing.  But sometimes, we take that for granted.  For me, I seem to think more about this during a Presidential election year, during a year that we will elect our leader, all of our Congressional representatives and one third of our Senators.   But what is our role?  I won’t get elected, so what am I supposed to do?  First, ...
Friday, July 20, 2012
Posted by Ben Seidel - In the small business environment, companies are looking for ways to improve efficiency when it comes to computer usage. But before you spend money on a faster processor or a larger hard drive, I would challenge you to consider upgrading to a dual monitor setup. What is a dual monitor setup? Essentially a dual monitor setup uses two screens operating from a single computer. Think of it as an extension of your visual workspace. With the right components, computers can even support 3 or more monitors. From a technical standpoint, most dedicated video cards come with ...
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Posted by Keith Hall (National Tax Advisor) -  Investing in your own future is always a good idea, but it’s even better knowing that Uncle Sam will help by making qualified retirement plan contributions tax deductible.  Congress and the IRS will actually let you pay less tax simply for investing in your own future. Only in America! So which plan is right for you?  There are lots of options to choose from, including making a contribution to a traditional IRA, setting up a 401(k) plan for your business, and setting up a Simplified Employee Pension Plan.  Most of us can ...
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
President Barack Obama announced he will support a 1-year tax cut extension for earners making $250,000 or less, Kristie Arslan, President and CEO of the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) reacted today with weariness over one more temporary fix in the tax code: “The symbolic approach to leveling the tax playing field for millions of small businesses across the country is appreciated, yet this solution cannot be applied piecemeal to the tax code. Self-employed business owners contribute nearly a trillion dollars to our economy and they need a more permanent solution. Temporary tax provisions do nothing but make for ...
Thursday, July 05, 2012
Posted by Mike Beene - Almost lost in the frenzy is the surprising (to most) second part of the Supreme Court’s ruling on the health reform law that designates unconstitutional the portion of the ACA requiring states to accept new Medicaid obligations or else lose all funding. Thus, a state can say no to accepting new Medicaid participants (a projected 2 million people in California, 1.8 million in Texas, 950,000 in Florida…) and not lose the Federal funding they receive for their current Medicaid program. Briefly, Medicaid is a state-federal partnership which was enacted in 1965 and had obtained full ...
Thursday, July 05, 2012
Posted by Kristin Oberlander - In the wake of the Supreme Court’s final ruling on the Affordable Care Act, the self-employed and micro-businesses are concerned as to the impact the law will have on their health care budgets when the law goes into full effect in 2014. Nearly 900 self-employed and micro-business owners responded to the survey released within hours of the Supreme Court ruling. With the law moving forward into the implementation stage, the self-employed are, once again, looking for more information from the federal government regarding issues of affordability and cost of care. Business owners were divided on ...


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Self Made

A blog on the self-employed and micro-business

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Katie Vlietstra - As Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs, I work to explain how actions on Capitol Hill can impact the self-employed. I love D.C. and have made my home in Capitol Hill, where I live with my husband and black Labrador, Coltrane. We love playing volleyball and softball on the National Mall. 

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