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5 Often-Overlooked Tax Deductions for Self-Employed Workers (The Street)

This tax season, self-employed business owners and contract workers have a slew of potential deductions that could put a significant dent in their tax bill. But oftentimes these substantial write-offs are overlooked.

Feb 24, 2016

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Self-employed who are ineligible for Affordable Care Act worry about costs (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

George Banyas is self-employed, having run a successful optometry business in Richland for the past 15 years. He and his wife have two children, both in their early 20s and attending college. ​While his business has afforded his family a stable living, it also has left him ineligible for a health insurance subsidy under the Affordable Care Act. And Mr. Banyas is increasingly worried about the rising cost of insuring his family of four. The Affordable Care Act, he said, is looking increasingly unaffordable for him.

Feb 05, 2016

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Current Legislation Regarding Small Business Healthcare Premium Reimbursement (Zane Benefits)

Employee retention is perhaps one of the biggest challenges many businesses face today, and often keeping your best employees is about more than just paying them well. Many people are also looking to their employers for affordable healthcare coverage, but for small business owners the cost of offering group health insurance can be crippling. Rather than risk losing your employees to competitors who offer benefits, many companies allow employees to go out and shop for individual insurance plans, then provide reimbursement to help cover the monthly premiums and other health care costs.

Dec 23, 2015

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Area Small Business Saturday Supporters Ramp Up To Get Share of Holiday Shoppers (The Cleveland Plain Dealer)

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Two years ago Carl Baldesare was sitting on a patio outside of a relatively quiet local bakery in Cleveland Heights, watching a steady flow of foot traffic at a nearby national chain bagel shop. Impulsively, he walked down the street and started asking customers why they didn't check out the local bakery and café instead.

Nov 25, 2015

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Has DC Health Link Unleashed an Entrepreneurial Spirit in District Residents? (Washington City Paper)

After seven years at the same job, Alka Pateriya had begun to think about striking out on her own as an independent consultant. But it wasn’t until late 2013—by which point she’d been working at the research company Westat for nearly nine years—that she began making moves.

Oct 23, 2015

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