NASE Advocacy Efforts

Know Your Self-Employed Rights

Through NASE, the self-employed and micro-businesses have a powerful voice representing their interests. NASE has a strong track record of advocating for its Members on Capitol Hill.

  • How the Complexity of the Tax Code Hinders Small Businesses

    May 07, 2009

    NASE’s National Tax Advisor, Keith Hall, testified before the House Committee on Small Business Subcommittee on Finance and Tax to discuss four areas where simplification of the tax code would greatly benefit micro-business owners by reducing their tax reporting burdens while also increasing tax compliance.

  • NASE Testifies Regarding Health Care Reform

    Feb 05, 2009

    NASE Senior Health Advisor Mike Beene testified before the House Small Business Committee on health care reform for small businesses. He told the committee that the cost of health coverage for micro-businesses plays a significant role as to why so many self-employed business owners go without or purchase a minimum coverage policy. The NASE believes that in order to improve the ability of micro-business owners to obtain quality health coverage, health reform proposals must address two key components: affordability and choice.

  • The NASE Urges the 110th House to Support the Economic Rescue Package

    Oct 03, 2008

    Micro-businesses and self-employed individuals nationwide are significantly troubled by the current economic crisis facing our country. Of most concern to NASE members is the effect this economic crisis will have on their savings, their home values and their ability to access credit and loans. The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) urges the 110th House to act now to stabilize our credit markets and our shaky economy, and vote in favor of the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (H.R. 1424).

  • Regulatory Burdens on Small Firms: What Rules Need Reforms?

    Jul 31, 2008

    NASE Member Scott Scribner testified on Capitol Hill regarding the importance of the SBA Office of Advocacy’s Regulatory Review and Reform (r3) initiative to reduce the confusion and complexity surrounding the home office deduction. Key hurdles faced by the self-employed in taking this deduction are the strict qualifying requirements, the complexity of the form and instructions, and the underlying fear that employing this tax benefit will flag them for review or audit by the IRS.

  • NASE Sends Letter to House Ways & Means Committee Regarding Harmful Provision Affecting Micro-Business

    Jun 19, 2008

    The House Ways & Means Committee held a mark up today on legislation to address the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) which included a provision that would increase both the tax compliance burden and business costs for micro-business and the self-employed.

  • Electronic Payments Tax Reporting: Another Tax Burden for Small Businesses

    Jun 13, 2008

    Expanding information reporting by requiring credit and debit card issuers to report business owners’ annual electronic payment transactions to the IRS is just one of the many alarming tax gap recommendations which would increase tax regulation on small business.

  • The NASE Submits Comments to the Senate Finance Committee

    Apr 25, 2008

    The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) understands the current budget situation our country is facing and supports efforts to work towards minimizing the federal deficit. However, we feel that the Administration’s proposals relating to the tax gap would hinder tax compliance while also significantly impairing our nation’s entrepreneurs.

  • Plain Language in Paperwork – The Benefits to Small Business

    Feb 27, 2008

    NASE Tax Consultant Keith Hall testified on Capitol Hill regarding the importance of utilizing plain language in federal government forms and publications; and how reducing the confusion and complexity surrounding government forms and publications will benefit many small-business owners.

  • NASE Submits Testimony Addressing the Issue of Affordable Health Coverage

    Oct 26, 2007

    Rising health care costs are significantly hurting micro-business and impairing their ability to grow, compete and succeed. The NASE supports the increase in competition among health care carriers in the small group market to encourage lower premium costs.

  • NASE Submits Testimony Regarding the Small Business Administrations (SBA) Micro-Loan Program

    Jul 13, 2007

    A key obstacle facing small and micro-businesses is the lack of access to financing, which is essential for their start up and continued growth. One opportunity is the SBA’s loan programs. The NASE discusses the issues small business owners have in acquiring outside capital and advocates support, increased funding and improvements for the SBA Micro-loan program.