2014 Tax Code Updates and Filing Tips for American Taxpayers

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2014 Tax Code Updates and Filing Tips for American Taxpayers

From a New ACA Penalty to Investment Contribution Updates, Americans Must Educate Themselves and Prepare Documents Now

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With a month until the April 15th deadline when millions of Americans and small businesses must file their 2014 tax returns, the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), the nation’s leading advocate and resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses, today released a list of changes and updates to the tax code along with important tips and resources for filing accurate returns.

“The number one thing individuals and small businesses across the country can do now to prepare for tax season is educate themselves about the changes and new adjustments to the tax code,” said Keith Hall, President and CEO of NASE. “From a new health care penalty to updates in the mileage reimbursement rate and investment contributions, there are several changes to the tax code that will impact this year’s return. You can never be too prepared and now is the time to start gathering your documents.”


- The new Affordable Care Act (ACA) penalty for non-compliance

- Potential individual exceptions to the ACA penalty

- A streamlined, standard home office deduction available

- The standard mileage rate for business use of an automobile has changed to 56 cents per mile (57.5 cents for 2015)

- Limits for retirement plan contributions such as IRAs and 401(k) plans have increased

- The loss of the applicability of Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRAs)

“As Congress considers tax reform this year, it is important that the small business community be included in any overhaul of the tax system. To ensure fairness, sole proprietors and small employers on Main Street should also be part of any comprehensive tax reform just like their corporate counterparts on Wall Street,”
concluded Hall.

Small employers across the nation are part of the largest small business demographic of 27 million self-employed and micro-businesses*, according to newly released 2012 U.S. Census statistics. This is an increase of 80,822 self-employed (55,165) and micro-businesses (25,657) nationally over 2011. In fact, 2012 represents a peak year for the self-employed with an average growth rate of 2.86 percent over the last 10 years (more than any other small business demographic).

*latest information available from 2012 provided by the U.S. Census Bureau Statistics on Nonemployer and U.S. Small Businesses


- You are not alone: use many of the countless NASE resources available to help you through your preparation, in addition the SBA and local Small Business Development centers are standing by to help

- Get details straight from the source: bookmark the IRS website in order to get the details you need

- Look for hidden deductions:  many people overlook deductions that could save thousands of dollars

- File Electronically to avoid math errors

- Avoid shortcuts

- If you just can’t get it done, you can ask for more time

The NASE advocates for fairness and simplification in the nation’s tax code. Not only should adjustments be made to the corporate tax rate, but also the individual rate – the rate at which the majority of the self-employed and small employers’ taxes are calculated. The NASE is also a leading supporter of the Small Business Healthcare Relief Act, which would allow for the continued utilization of standalone health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs) for small employers (49 or less employees).  These HRA arrangements have currently been disqualified under the new regulations outlined in the Affordable Care Act - a major change for the small business community this year. The Administration has recently delayed the implementation of this regulation for the short-term, but a long-term bipartisan solution is needed to address this issue. 

For more information on completing your 2014 tax documents, visit NASE’s tax resource center or the IRS or theSmall Business Administration (SBA).


The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) is the nation's leading resource for the self-employed and micro-businesses, bringing a broad range of benefits to help entrepreneurs succeed and to drive the continued growth of this vital segment of the American economy. The NASE Small Business Locator helps identify and connect our nation’s smallest businesses. In addition, NASE’s new health care portal helps small business owners navigate the nation’s health care marketplace. The NASE is a 501(c) (6) nonprofit organization and provides big-business advantages to hundreds of thousands of micro-businesses across the United States. For more information, visit the association's website at NASE.org

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