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America’s Smallest Businesses May Finally Get Much-Needed Relief

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Small Business Jobs Act Addresses Key Health And Tax Priorities For The Self-Employed

Washington, D.C., July 13, 2010 – The self-employed and micro-businesses are often overlooked by lawmakers when it comes to policy, but that may be about to change. The Senate is considering legislation called the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 (H.R. 5297). This bill contains key provisions that may help America’s smallest businesses in this difficult economic climate, according to the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE).

A long-standing priority for the NASE has been included in the Small Business Jobs Act, allowing the self-employed to take a one-year business deduction for health care costs. Sole proprietors are unable to deduct their health insurance costs as a business expense, leaving them to pay more in payroll (self-employment) taxes than any other business. The NASE has been working for many years to allow the self-employed to receive the same tax treatment of health insurance costs as all other business entities. While the NASE has been working to permanently correct this inequity in the tax code, the one-year deduction in the Small Business Jobs Act is an important first step in leveling the playing field for the 23 million self-employed Americans. 

To further address the needs of our nation’s smallest businesses, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) has offered a vital amendment to the bill, S. Amdt #4430, which helps simplify the tax code for home-based businesses. With over half of all small businesses being run out of the home, the home office deduction is an important tax benefit for small businesses. Unfortunately, the complexity and paperwork burden associated with the home office deduction drives many qualifying business owners to forgo this tax assistance. S. Amdt. #4430 would create the option of a standard home office deduction, allowing eligible business owners to avoid the complex calculations and simply opt for the standard deduction amount. The NASE is strongly urging passage of this amendment.

“Congress and the Administration give a lot of lip service to small business in regards to rebuilding the economy,” remarked Kristie Arslan, executive director of NASE’s Legislative Offices. “But here are two key proposals that would make a tangible difference in their bottomline. For a one- to two-person company, small tax benefits turn into real cash that can actually facilitate business growth.”

Other key provisions included in the Small Business Jobs Act which will provide entrepreneurs with a boost include:

  • Increased deduction for start-up expenses - currently, entrepreneurs can deduct up to $5,000 of expenses with a $50,000 phase-out.  The bill would increase the deduction to $10,000 with a $60,000 phase-out threshold beginning in 2010.
  • Increase of Section 179 expensing to $500,000 with a phase-out threshold of $2 million in 2010 and 2011.
  • Creation of a Small Business Lending Fund which would provide federal funding to community banks, credit unions and community development loan funds to increase small business lending.

The NASE strongly supports the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 and S. Amdt. #4430. We believe the combination of tax incentives and financing options will help new businesses build a solid foundation and help existing businesses keep their doors open. Healthy businesses mean healthy families and communities.

About the NASE
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 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 Web site at

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