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2012 Election: The Results Are In!

President Obama sailed to re-election in November, winning all but two of the states he carried in 2008. Little will change when the 113th Congress is sworn in on Jan. 9, 2013. The Senate will be controlled by the Democrats and the House of Representatives by the Republicans. The critical issues facing the country and America’s self-employed remain, with tax reform being of the utmost importance to ensuring continued economic recovery.

Published on December 03, 2012

Presidential Race Isn’t The Only Race To Watch

On Nov. 6, 2012, voters will head to the polls not just to elect the President, but also cast their votes in crucial down ballot elections including gubernatorial, senate, congressional and other state-related races. While control of the White House is the prime objective for both Democrats and Republicans, the majorities in the Senate and House are equally important in order for legislative priorities to move forward.

Published on November 05, 2012

NASE Remains Hopeful, Firm About Tonight's Debate

In preparation for tonight's first debate, NASE President Kristie L. Arslan had the following to say...

Published on October 03, 2012

What Can Congress Accomplish in 13 Workdays?

In the 63 days between Labor Day and Election Day, Congress will spend 13 days in session working in Washington, D.C.—a relaxed work schedule by any measure. And what will Congress accomplish in those 13 days? If past experience is any guide, they’ll likely spend those working days making floor speeches, naming post offices and playing political games, instead of passing meaningful policy improvements.

Published on October 01, 2012

NASE To Congress: Get Moving On The Self-Employed Health Care Tax Deduction

The NASE recently submitted a letter to the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Tax and Select Revenue formally requesting a hearing on H.R. 6102, America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2012.

Published on September 04, 2012

Statement: One-Year Tax Extension Continues Short-Sighted Policy

Today, President Barack Obama announced he will support a 1-year tax cut extension for earners making $250,000 or less, Kristie Arslan, President and CEO of the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) reacted today with weariness over one more temporary fix in the tax code.

Published on July 09, 2012

Supreme Court Decision Does Not Alleviate Concerns For The Self-Employed

After much anticipation, the U.S. Supreme Court has reached a decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act in its entirety. The NASE continues to maintain its original concern that the health care law does little to address the affordability of coverage for America’s largest employment sector, the self-employed.

Published on June 28, 2012

High Gas Prices Still Hurting Self-Employed Business Owners

With gas and energy prices hitting highs in the past few months, the self-employed are cutting back their business activity, according to the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE).

Published on June 19, 2012

Skyrocketing Health Care Costs Hurt Businesses, Families And The Bottom Line (Huffington Post)

As the country waits to hear from the Supreme Court on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, the self-employed are weighing in now on the impact the law is currently having on their businesses. According to a national survey released yesterday by the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE)...

Published on June 14, 2012

New Data Shows Many Self-Employed Believe the Cost of Health Care Coverage Will Go Up Under the Affordable Care Act

As the country waits to hear from the Supreme Court for a decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, the self-employed are weighing in on the impact of the law on their business. According to a national survey by the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), the greatest opposition to the new law among the self-employed is seen among those who are the most familiar with it.

Published on June 12, 2012

Off to the Races: 2012 Campaign Begins In Earnest

November 2012 is just six months away. Along with the presidential race, voters will be tasked with electing leaders on the local and federal level, shouldering the responsibility of steering their states and country forward.

Published on June 01, 2012

Legislation To Improve Health Savings Accounts Moving Through Congress

As the House Committee on Ways & Means prepares to mark up recently introduced health care access bills, the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) is pleased to announce its support for H.R. 5842, Restoring Access to Medications Act and H.R. 5858, a bill to improve Health Savings Accounts (HSAs).

Published on May 31, 2012

Will Investors Take To Crowdfunding? (Reuters)

"This will really open the floodgates to a whole new arena of entrepreneurs who are trying to help other entrepreneurs finance their dreams," says NASE CEO Kristie Arslan. "The great thing about crowdfunding is that it allows people to choose; you're putting your business idea out there and asking people to invest in you and your idea. The good ideas will hopefully rise to the top."

Published on May 23, 2012

Business Owners Take SBA Chief To Task (

Kristie Arslan, president of the National Association for the Self-Employed who just started her own gourmet popcorn company, said she had received "invaluable support" from an SBDC.

Published on May 21, 2012

National Small Business Week: May 20th-26th

More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, according to the Small Business Administration (SBA). The NASE is teaming up with the SBA for the 11th year in a row to sponsor National Small Business Week.

Published on May 20, 2012

NASE 2012 Member Council

The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) is pleased to announce the 2012 Member Council, which met in Washington, D.C. May 2nd -4th. The council’s purpose is to serve as a sounding board for NASE leadership regarding programs, services and benefits that could help make NASE Membership an even greater value to micro-business owners and the self-employed.

Published on May 10, 2012

Supreme Court Considers Health Care Reform

In an unprecedented 5 ½ hours of oral questioning, the Supreme Court recently heard the challenge to President Obama’s biggest legislative accomplishment in his presidency, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Published on May 07, 2012

NASE To Congress: Extend Expiring And Expired Small Biz Tax Cuts

Today, the House Ways and Means Committee is holding a hearing on the exploration of expiring tax cut for small business owners. The NASE took this opportunity to submit a statement for the record regarding the importance of the continuity of these tax benefits.

Published on April 26, 2012

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

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.

Published on April 16, 2012

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

“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.

Published on April 15, 2012

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

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.

Published on April 11, 2012

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

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.

Published on April 03, 2012

Federal Self-Employment Program Encourages More State Adoption

Legislation that passed in February did more than just extend the federal payroll tax deduction. It also made changes to the Self-Employment Assistance (SEA) program. This voluntary program allows states to pay a self-employment allowance to unemployed individuals who are in the process of establishing businesses and realizing the dream of self-employment.

Published on April 02, 2012

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

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.

Published on March 15, 2012

The Fight Over Crowdfunding's Potential (BloombergBusinessweek)

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.

Published on March 12, 2012

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

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.”

Published on March 11, 2012

NASE Advocates Tax Changes In 2012 To Help Small-Business Owners

The nation’s 22 million self-employed business owners are building companies and contributing to the economic turnaround. However, they are disproportionately challenged by burdensome regulatory compliance, including an unfair tax burden and excessive paperwork requirements. The NASE continues to advocate for simple changes to federal law that would address these challenges and ensure an even playing field for small businesses.

Published on March 05, 2012

Congress Must Take Action For The Sake Of Small Businesses

Congress closed out 2011 by agreeing to a short-term extension of the payroll tax cut. Now that they are back in session, your lawmakers are wrangling to come to a longer one-year deal. As they debate another payroll tax extension proposal, I again encourage them to put partisan politics aside and pass the payroll tax extension.

Published on February 03, 2012

NASE, Obama Administration Celebrate One-Year Anniversary Of Startup America Initiative

“Tax incentives for startups and for businesses that have recently purchased new equipment are certainly a start, but we are concerned that so few of the policies suggested actually apply to the largest segment of small businesses – the self-employed and micro-businesses. That key demographic makes up more than 78% of the nation’s small business population,” commented NASE President Kristie L. Arslan.

Published on January 31, 2012

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

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."

Published on January 26, 2012

NASE To The White House And Congress: Don’t Forget The Self-Employed Agenda This Year

As the President prepares to deliver his annual State of the Union address and Members of Congress prepare their talking points in response, the 22 million Americans who are self-employed must not be forgotten in the back and forth over big policy changes.

Published on January 23, 2012

Small Businesses Support SBA Cabinet Level Status

As news reports circulate that President Obama will recommend the Small Business Administration (SBA) be elevated to Cabinet-level status, Kristie Arslan, President and CEO of the NASE, reacted by supporting the effort saying “it signals the importance of the small business community to our national economy.”

Published on January 13, 2012

NASE Grows Its Staff To Better Serve Small Business Membership

The NASE welcomes Ron McNally, CAE, Vice President of Membership & Marketing and Katie Vlietstra, Director of Government Affairs to our team.

Published on January 09, 2012

A Small-Business Solution To America’s Debt Woes

Capitol Hill is sifting through the remnants of last year’s supercommittee talks, looking for tax plans to keep after the collapse. We can expect to hear many proposals about closing tax loopholes. With a new year beginning, lawmakers are also looking for ways to reduce the budget deficit and get our country back on track. Tax reform is one way to do that, and is something the NASE has long advocated for in Washington.

Published on December 30, 2011

Extending The Payroll Tax Cuts Into 2012 (Huffington Post)

As 2011 comes to a close, so does the payroll tax cut for millions of Americans. If Congress does not come to an agreement, we'll start out 2012 by paying higher taxes.

Published on December 13, 2011

Economic Clock Running Out On Payroll Tax Extension

As the U.S. Senate prepares to debate another payroll tax extension proposal, Kristie Arslan, President & CEO of the NASE, encourages our policymakers to put partisan politics aside and pass the payroll tax extension.

Published on December 06, 2011

Small Tax Tweaks Could Help The Self-Employed

We can all agree that the tax code could be more fair for Americans who want to start their own small business. It’s one of the pillars of the national self-employment initiative that the NASE has been urging policymakers to adopt.

Published on December 02, 2011

Partisan Politicking Trumps Economic Recovery?

As the news reports that the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction – also known as the super committee – has failed to reach a budget deal, NASE blasts our nation’s lawmakers for playing partisan politics with the economy

Published on November 22, 2011

November Is National Entrepreneurship Month

The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) would like to thank America’s self-employed and micro-business owners who work tirelessly each day to support themselves and their families, as well as contribute to their communities through starting and maintaining a business.

Published on November 18, 2011

Reducing the National Debt While Keeping Small Businesses Top of Mind (Huffington Post)

In an open letter, the 22-million self-employed and micro-businesses asked to be kept in mind as the super committee determines which cuts will be made to reduce the debt.

Published on November 17, 2011

NASE Celebrates Small Business Saturday

The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) today announced its participation in the second annual Small Business Saturday on November 26, 2011.

Published on November 07, 2011

Innovation + Job Creation = National Self-Employment Initiative

Washington, D.C., is awash in rhetoric about the importance of America’s small businesses as engines of economic recovery. But there is little to no action coming out of the policy arena to help these businesses actually fuel economic growth. Instead, they have been largely left out of the policy discussion when it comes to the president’s American Jobs Act and our national debt.

Published on November 04, 2011

NASE Launches Startup Kit To Spur Job Creation

As President Barack Obama travels the country selling his American Jobs Act and the U.S. Congress works to meet a pending deadline on our national debt challenges, the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) today released its new small business Startup Kit.

Published on October 24, 2011

An Open Letter To The President And Congress

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued its grim prediction that unemployment will remain above 8 percent until 2014. The CBO isn’t limiting its bad news to unemployment—it also predicts our budget deficit will be bleak at $1.3 trillion for fiscal 2011.

Published on September 30, 2011

Small Biz Reax To POTUS Jobs Plan

As President Barack Obama presents the American Jobs Act before a joint session of Congress, NASE President & CEO Kristie L. Arslan outlines critical actions both the President and Congress can take to get our economy moving.

Published on September 08, 2011

What You Need To Know About Health Insurance Exchanges

Most micro-business owners know health insurance terms like copay, deductible and individual policy. But the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) that passed in 2010 has thrown a new term into the health insurance market: exchange.

Published on September 02, 2011

KRISTIE L. ARSLAN Related Blog Posts

NASE Remains Hopeful, Firm About Tonight's Debate

Published on October 03, 2012

NASE Survey: Self-Employed Believe Health Costs Will Rise Under ACA

Published on June 15, 2012

Skyrocketing Health Care Costs Hurt Businesses, Families And The Bottom Line

Published on June 14, 2012

Main Street Or Wall Street? Why Not Both?

Published on March 13, 2012

The President’s Budget: A First Step, More Steps Needed

Published on February 22, 2012

Small Biz State Of The Union & Campaigns

Published on January 26, 2012

Study: Federal Regs Cost Businesses Billions In 2011

Published on January 09, 2012

NASE: Extend The Payroll Tax Cut To Employers

Published on December 09, 2011

NASE Startup Kit [Video]

Published on October 31, 2011

Small Business Jobs Act Of 2010 Vs. HRA 105 [Ask The Experts Q&A]

Published on October 20, 2011

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Published on October 18, 2011

Recap: Obama’s Job Speech

Published on September 09, 2011

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