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  • Why It's So Hard To Write Off Your Home Office (Bloomberg Businessweek)

    Apr 16, 2012

    For the past decade, advocates for the home-based workforce have sought to give taxpayers the option to check a box for a standard $1,500 home office write-off. That would save them the tricky business of calculating what percentage of the home is dedicated to business—and therefore what share of rent, insurance, utilities, and maintenance costs can be deducted.

  • ‘Buffett rule’ Is Producing Capitol Gains (Washington Times)

    Apr 15, 2012

    “We’re much more interested in tax laws that impact the 22 million self-employed Americans who aren’t household names but who create a whole lot more jobs than Mr. Buffett,” said Kristie Arslan, president of the National Association for the Self-Employed.

  • Mr. President, Focus On The 'Baffle Rule,' Not The 'Buffett Rule' (Huffington Post)

    Apr 11, 2012

    Tax fairness is a top priority for the National Association for the Self-Employed, but we're much more interested in tax laws that impact the 22 million self-employed Americans who aren't household names but who create a whole lot more jobs than Mr. Buffett.

  • Small Business Groups Urge President To Sign JOBS Act (The Hill)

    Apr 03, 2012

    Partisanship in Washington has risen to an all-time high and “politics as usual” has come to mean complete gridlock, where the most basic legislation falls flat because of political gamesmanship. That’s why the bipartisan jobs bill headed to the president’s desk for approval is such a breath of fresh air.

  • Kill It Or Keep It? Small Business Groups At Odds On Affordable Care Act

    Apr 03, 2012

    In creating the [Affordable Care Act], however, Arslan said Congress leaned toward creating access to better health insurance for all, but dropped the ball on making it affordable.

  • Many Find It Hard To Plan Ahead As Tax Uncertainty Looms (USA TODAY)

    Mar 23, 2012

    [NASE Member] Tiffany Washington, owner of Washington Accounting Services in Waldorf, Md., says the standoff about extending the payroll tax cut caused her to put off hiring another employee.

  • Would the JOBS Act Help Small Business or Unleash Fraud? (Forbes)

    Mar 15, 2012

    The idea has wide bipartisan support in the House as well as President Obama’s backing. And small business advocates including SCORE CEO Ken Yancey and NASE CEO Kristie Arslan tell me they support crowdfunding legislation.

  • Main Street or Wall Street? Why Not Both? (Huffington Post)

    Mar 13, 2012

    It has become a time-honored tradition for politicians to claim they're looking out for "Main Street, not Wall Street." Capitol Hill is littered with proposals that are supposed to help small businesses compete in the marketplace and the Obama Administration has made this kind of messaging a key plank in their platform.

  • The Fight Over Crowdfunding's Potential (BloombergBusinessweek)

    Mar 12, 2012

    Kristie Arslan, president and chief executive of the National Association for the Self-Employed, says crowdfunding could be a godsend for the 22 million Americans who are self-employed and who often struggle to raise capital. “The smallest businesses have the most limited choices when it comes to accessing financing,” she says. While crowdfunding would not be the right option for every self-employed individual, it could help many who can’t get traditional bank loans, she notes.

  • Trouble Getting A Loan? Congress Considers Crowdfunding (Yahoo! Small Business Advisor)

    Mar 11, 2012

    Arslan points out that 78 percent of the small business population is comprised of self-employed people. “They don’t need large sums to start or grow, but traditional lending institutions don’t look at them as moneymakers.” Crowdfunding, she says, is a way individuals with business ideas can “fund their dream in an easy way.”

  • Taxes: Self-Employed Can Deduct Health Insurance (Bloomberg Businessweek)

    Feb 08, 2012

    The self-employed health insurance deduction is one of the most powerful deductions you can take—and one of the single most-powerful ways to address the affordability of health insurance, says the NASE's Keith Hall.

  • Preparing Your 2011 Tax Return (WLW-AM)

    Jan 26, 2012

    NASE National Tax Advisor Keith Hall talks about tips for getting a jump on your 2011 tax return, such as taking the mileage deduction.

  • The State Of The Union: Small Firms Weigh In (Wall Street Journal)

    Jan 26, 2012

    Kristie Arslan, president and chief executive of NASE, said that the overall message of fairness resonated with the self-employed population because "they are dealing with their own legal work and regulatory work, as well as being CEO."

  • The Tax Deduction Mitt Romney Did Not Take (New York Times)

    Jan 25, 2012

    Oddly, there was one strategy that Mr. Romney did not use — a full deduction for health insurance premiums that is available to most self-employed people. Read on as the NASE explains why.

  • State Of The Union: A "Level Playing Field" Must Include The Self-Employed Agenda (Huffington Post)

    Jan 24, 2012

    As President Obama readies his State of the Union address, news outlets are reporting that economic growth and taxation will be the focus of much of his remarks. The Self-Employed Agenda for 2012 includes the following items...