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As 2013 comes to a close, NASE would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the NASE OutFront Weekly a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Tuesday, Jan. 7.


NASE releases 'The More You Know' infographic about America's new Health Care Exchanges
NASE
From Sept. 24: The National Association for the Self-Employed released a new infographic — "The More You Know" — to help prepare America's 23 million small business for the open enrollment period for the nation's new health care system beginning Oct. 1. The new infographic offers topline advice for America's 23 million self-employed and microbusinesses as they prepare for the opening of the federal and state health care Exchanges.
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IRS focuses audits on small-business owners
The Associated Press via The Kansas City Star
From April 16: Worried the Internal Revenue Service might target you for an audit? You probably should be if you own a small business. A new study by the National Taxpayer Advocate used confidential IRS data to look at tax compliance in different industries and found that people who own construction companies or real estate rental firms might be more likely to fudge their taxes than business owners in other fields.
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Health exchange options for small businesses will be limited until 2015
The Washington Post
From June 4: The Obama administration confirmed Friday that a piece of the 2010 health-care law aimed at helping small businesses provide insurance to their workers will be delayed by a year. The office in charge of Medicaid and Medicare announced that it was on track for an Oct. 1 launch of the federal SHOP Exchange, an online marketplace where companies with fewer than 50 employees would be able to buy insurance for their workers and get a tax credit.
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Take action: Legislation to deduct health insurance costs introduced
NASE
From April 30: H.R. 886, allows for the full deduction of health insurance for the self-employed. The self-employed pay on average nearly $1,800 in additional taxes that no other business owners face because they simply decided to purchase health insurance. If the self-employed were allowed to fully deduct their health insurance costs as a business expense, the U.S. economy would have roughly $39 billion injected annually that would allow for individuals to reinvest in their business, purchase goods, and hire additional employees.
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Self-employed can save with 9 tax tips
USA Today
From March 19: Filing taxes can be a source of dread for self-employed Americans. The trick is not to see the tax code as bureaucracy meant to confound you but a tool to give your home-grown business a leg up. You can deduct a host of expenses if you keep good records and know what to look for. Here are nine tax tips for both making your 2012 returns less of a headache and a bit more financially advantageous.
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Exchange healthcare applications released
NASE
From May 7: On April 30, the Department of Health and Human Services released the new, simplified exchange healthcare application for both individuals and families. Applications to secure health insurance in the marketplace will be accepted starting Oct. 1, but it is recommended that you spend some time and familiarizing yourself with the application so that you are ready to go when the marketplace opens for business.
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Getting a loan while self-employed
NASE
From June 11: Qualifying for personal loans when you are self-employed can be very difficult, especially in today's economic climate. Most people are looking for mortgages, either a first-time mortgage or refinancing a current mortgage. Many also seek car loans. It was not that long ago that banks would throw money at you as you walked in the door. That has changed dramatically in the wake of the subprime mortgage scandal.
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The 10 best cities to start a business
Entrepreneur
From April 30: A brilliant business idea means nothing if you can't get it off the ground. For aspiring entrepreneurs looking for ample funding and a fertile environment to strike out on their own, a new report from personal finance website NerdWallet ranks the 10 best cities to start a business in the U.S.
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Self-employed legislation introduced to permanently deduct self-employed health insurance costs
NASE
From March 19: The National Association for the Self-Employed is enthusiastic in its support of H.R. 886, America's Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2013, introduced by Representatives Jim Gerlach and Ron Kind, which provides for a permanent deduction for several key small-business tax deductions, including the health insurance deduction for the self-employed, a longstanding legislative priority of the NASE.
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The Affordable Care Act in brief
NASE
From Aug. 20: The National Association for the Self-Employed released a comprehensive two-page brief on the impact of the Affordable Care Act on the self-employed, including some remaining questions the self-employed have as we approach the Oct. 1 deadline for open enrollment in the Exchange Marketplace. The comprehensive two-pager is a must read for any self-employed or micro-business owner who is looking to learn more about the Affordable Care Act and how it will affect them, their business and their family.
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