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Congressional Recess After a Productive Six Week Session

On Friday, April 8, Congress adjourned for the Easter and Passover holidays after a busy six-week session that saw a new Supreme Court Justice confirmed, further action against Russia, approval of the FY2022 federal government spending bill, and several big pieces of legislation that had alluded lawmakers (in some cases, for decades) including: anti-lynching bill, reauthorization of the Violence Against Woman Act; postal service reform; and a bipartisan ocean shipping reform bill.

Published on April 11, 2022

House Passes Additional Relief for Restaurants

The House of Representatives passed H.R. 3807, the Relief of Restaurants, and other Hard Hit Small Business Act of 2022. This bill provides an additional $60 billion in FY2021 for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund

Published on April 11, 2022

Additional Covid Relief

While a bipartisan group of senators announced an agreement on COVID relief earlier this week, Congress is now holding up its passage due to partisan bickering over Title 42

Published on April 11, 2022

National Small Business Week

This year’s National Small Business Week (NSBW), held May 1-7, 2022, will acknowledge small businesses from across the country for their resilience, ingenuity, and creativity

Published on April 11, 2022

What is Happening on Capitol Hill

This past week, the President signed the $1.5 trillion government funding bill with Ukraine aid. The funding bill, which received bipartisan approval, passed the Senate in a 68-31 vote and the House 361-69. This will provide funding through

Published on March 25, 2022

Small Business Administration Updates

The SBA Administrator recently announced additional deferment of principal and interest payments for existing COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program Borrowers for 30 months deferment from inception on all approved COVID EIDL loans. The Administrator believes the extended deferment period will provide additional flexibility to small business owners impacted by the pandemic, especially those in hard-hit sectors managing disruption with recent variants and current supply chain and inflation challenges amid a growing economic recovery.

Published on March 25, 2022

NASE CEO & President Keith Hall Participates in SBA Town Hall on PPP Changes

On Saturday, March 6, 2021, NASE CEO & President Keith Hall joined the Small Business Administration for a webinar on the recently announced (see above) changes to the PPP program specific to self-employed individuals. You can view the webinar and the informative Q&A here. Senate Pass America Rescue Plan Setting Up President Biden’s First Legislative Victory

Published on March 10, 2021

PPP Self-Employed Application Changes

On March 3, 2021, the Small Business Administration announced changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) for self-employed individuals. The changes include: - Self-employed business owners with no employees will be eligible for a loan equal to their 2019 or 2020 gross income, divided by 12, multiplied by 2.5.

Published on March 10, 2021

House Takes Up Biden Covid Relief Measure, American Rescue Plan

This week the House will take up the Covid relief; the $1.9T includes the following small business provisions: Amendments to the Paycheck Protection Program: ​Eligibility of Certain Organizations

Published on February 25, 2021

Changes to PPP Program Aimed at Increasing Self-Employed and Micro-Business Eligibility

The Biden Administration also announced changes in how the self-employed can calculate the size of their PPP loan. Until now, a self-employed PPP loan applicant would use “net income” (Line 31 on Form 1040 of the Schedule C), to calculate the loan amount. Using net income as the basis of determining loan size dramatically reduces the value of PPP loans for self-employed because it excluded eligible expenses.

Published on February 25, 2021

Paycheck Protection Program Forms, Guidance, and Application for First and Second PPP Draw and PP Forgiveness

Below you will find information and resources for the Paycheck Protection Program, including, guidance for first and second draws and how to apply for PPP Forgiveness. We have included the forms below, but as always, please make sure to visit our NASE’s Covid-19 resource page for the most up to date information.

Published on January 22, 2021

NASE Covid-19 Pandemic Resource Page

NASE continues to regularly update its Covid-19 Pandemic resource page to ensure our members have the most up-to-date information as it relates to the pandemic and the resources being afforded to the self-employed. Please bookmark the page.

Published on October 08, 2020

Caregiving Resource from AARP

The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the importance of caregiving in our society. Many of the organizations that provide support to caregivers, such as nursing homes and schools, will look different than before the pandemic. Employers large and small will need to think about how their employees will balance new caregiving responsibilities with work responsibilities.

Published on October 08, 2020

Senate Passes Rubio, Cardin Resolution Recognizing SBA’s National Small Business Week

In the Senate this week, lawmakers unanimously passed a resolution from U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, recognizing the week of September 20, 2020 as “National Small Business Week.”

Published on October 08, 2020

House Passes New $2.2 Trillion Relief Bill; Attempts to Pressure the Senate to Take Action

Without enough movement toward a bipartisan deal, the House late Thursday passed a $2.2 trillion package Democrats introduced on Monday — a scaled-back version of the HEROES Act. The bill passed 214-207.

Published on October 08, 2020

NASE Continues to Support Recovery Efforts

The National Association for the Self-Employed, continues to support our members and the 27 million self-employed business owners from the COVID-19 health and economic crisis. Up to date information related to federal legislation and programs will continue to be highlighted under our www.nase.org/covid-19 webpage.

Published on June 10, 2020

NASE Supports Legislation Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) program

Bipartisan legislation introduced by Reps. Stephanie Murphy and John Katko in support of H.R. 6776, JOBS Credit Act, to improve and enhance the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERTC) program.

Published on June 10, 2020

Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act Signed Into Law

Last week, Congress approved a bi-partisan bill to provide greater flexibility to the Paycheck Protection Program, introduced by Representatives Phillips (D-MN) and Roy (R-TX), the changes address issues that the NASE has advocated for reforming. The changes include:

Published on June 10, 2020

Major Change to America’s Retirement System Offers Flexibility and Options for Small Businesses

Prior to Congress adjourning for 2019, the House and Senate passed a government spending bill that included the SECURE Act, also known as the “Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act of 2019,”which has been supported by the NASE.

Published on January 15, 2020

Small Business Advocate Confirmed as Administrator for the Small Business Agency

The NASE supported the appointed of Ms. Carranza, stating, “The new SBA Administrator takes over an agency during one of the most profound shifts underway in the American workforce. Not since the Industrial Revolution has the nature of work in our country undergone such transformative change. As millions of Americans choose self-employment and small business ownership, it is critical for the SBA to support them by promoting access to capital, advocating for further streamlining of regulatory policies and simplifying the tax code.”

Published on January 15, 2020

House Formally Initiates Impeachment Proceedings

On October 31, 2019, voted to approve the rules governing the next steps in the impeachment inquiry. The resolution authorizes the US House of Representatives to begin public hearings and lays out the rules in which the House Judiciary Committee will follow during this inquiry, the vote passed 232 to 196. Two Democrats voted for the measure. Rep. Justin Amash (MI-I), who until this summer caucused with the Republicans, voted with the Democrats for passage of the resolutions. Three Republicans and one Democrat did not cast a vote.

Published on November 20, 2019

NASE Continues to Advocate for Open Enrollment

In an op-ed published on Fox Business, NASE President and CEO Keith Hall, continued to advocate for the self-employed to be informed consumers in their purchase of health insurance.

Published on November 20, 2019

Ready to Shop Small on Small Business Saturday- November 30?

This year the “Small Business Saturday” initiative will celebrate 10 years of connecting millions of Americans to the small, local business in their community.

Published on November 20, 2019

Washington Watch - March 29, 2019

Chairman Velazquez, Ranking Member Chabot, and members of the House Small Business Committee, thank you for the opportunity to be here today as an invited guest of the committee to discuss the incredibly important topic of retirement security. As president and chief executive officer of the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), our nation’s leading advocate and resources for America’s 27 million self-employed and micro-businesses, I’m here representing our members located in every state throughout the country. For over 30 years, NASE has offered our small business-members a broad range of benefits to help these entrepreneurs achieve success and to drive the continued growth of this vital segment of the American economy. We continue to support, encourage and help motivate millions of Americans who have chosen the self-employment and micro-business ownership path.

Published on March 29, 2019

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Washington Watch - March 20, 2018

Take the NASE Tax Survey, Watch NASE President and CEO Keith Hall Testify, and see how the NASE continues to Advocate for Health Reimbursement Arrangements.

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