Self Made: NASE's Blog

Thursday, January 06, 2011
Posted by Molly Nelson - Did you know that the volume of the tax code has almost tripled in size during the last decade - going from 1.4 million words in 2001 to 3.8 million in February 2010? The complexity of the nation's tax regulations has led the I.R.S.'s national taxpayer advocate, Nina E. Olson, to use her annual report to Congress to call for the overhaul of the tax code. In her report, Olson "estimated that Americans spent 6.1 billion hours preparing their returns each year — the equivalent of 3 million employees working full time. By comparison, the ...
Thursday, January 06, 2011
Posted by Kristin Oberlander - Republicans are in the process of introducing two bills to "repeal and replace" both the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (health reform laws). Several House committees have been instructed to start work on new language for replacement health reform bills. The House Committee on Rules has already posted a repeal of the laws. The second bill will be composed of recommendations from four House committees (Education and Workforce, Energy and Commerce, Judiciary and Ways and Means) that include popular provisions in the current health law. These ...
Wednesday, January 05, 2011
Posted by Molly Nelson - Did you take any lessons from running your business in 2010? One of the contributors at Freelance Folder closed out 2010 with a few. Feel free to share any lessons your learned in 2010 or any resolutions you've made for your business in 2011 in the comments!
Monday, January 03, 2011
Posted by Kristin Oberlander - As an NASE Member, you have access to discounts on incorporation services through BizFilings. If you have questions about how to incorporating your business, our guest blogger, Julie Henningfield, offers some pointers to help you figure out the details. Remember to consult with our small business experts at ShopTalk if you have any additional questions! You’ve started your business and decided on business structure type to protect your hard-earned assets. It seems the hard part is over. Wrong. The demands placed on corporations and Limited Liability Corporations (LLCs) do not stop once the formation documents ...
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Posted by Molly Nelson - Are you making the most of your interactions and relationships with your customers? Here are a few articles offering advice and addressing common questions so you can be sure you're putting your best foot forward with your customers in 2011. Have you learned the new rules for handling customer complaints? Inc. has the scoop. Follow OPEN Forum's advice to make sure you're taking advantage of referral moments. Freelance Folder has tips on how to quote projects for work you've never done and how to avoid taking rejection personally.   [The New Rules of Handling Customer ...
Friday, December 17, 2010
Posted by Kristin Oberlander - The House approved a $1.093 trillion temporary extension (continuing resolution) of the fiscal year 2011 budget. Fiscal year 2011 began in October and Congress has be struggling to agree to a permanent budget for most of 2010. This continuing resolution (CR) would freeze the pay of federal workers and limit spending to fiscal year 2010 levels. The proposal was approved 212-206 and now heads to the Senate for further debate. The Senate is expected to replace the bill with an enormous spending package, including multiple spending bills and earmarks. The House CR contains no earmarks. ...
Thursday, December 09, 2010
Posted by Kristie Arslan - Congress has important work to finish before the 111th Congress comes to a close. Much of its agenda includes priorities that are critical to the nation's smallest businesses. While the recent passage of the Small Business Jobs Act was a major accomplishment, small businesses also need relief from onerous paperwork burdens created by the IRS Form 1099 expansion provision hidden deep within the health care reform legislation, as well as resolution of a suite of tax issues, including the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT), the estate tax and the Bush-era tax cuts. Much of the political ...
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Posted by Molly Nelson - We're knee-deep in informative and important numbers this week! Small Biz Bee suggests three ways to make your business more efficient and four places to find financing without giving up equity. Reuters shares seven tips for landing an SBA loan, and Small Biz Survival has the 2011 standard mileage rates via the IRS if you haven't seen them yet.     [3 Ways to Run Your Business More Efficiently] [4 Great Places to Find Investment Without Having To Give Away Equity] [7 tips for landing an SBA loan] [2011 Standard Mileage Rates]
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Washington, D.C., December 7, 2010 - Kristie Arslan, Executive Director of the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), released the following statement on the compromise between President Obama and Congressional leaders on extending the Bush-era tax cuts, leading the way for economic relief for the small business community and the middle-class: “The compromise between President Bush and Congressional leaders on extending the Bush-era tax cuts is a win for the small business community,” said Arslan. “During this time of economic uncertainty, small business owners need this economic relief for their very survival. Over 23 million individual small business owners will now ...
Friday, December 03, 2010
Kristie Arslan, Executive Director of the NASE, released the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed an extension of the Bush-era tax cuts for the middle-class: “This is the wrong time to raise taxes for small businesses. Over 23 million individual small business owners across the country are counting on Congress to stand up for the American middle-class by extending the Bush tax cuts,” said Arslan. “The time for political bickering is over – now is the time to provide relief to millions of American middle-class families who desperately need it during this economic downturn." “Self-employed business owners ...


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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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