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Celebrating women in business
NASE
In honor of Women's History Month, the NASE would like to showcase some contributions women have made to the business community and provide some resources for women looking to impact their community or the next generation of women entrepreneurs. Whether you plan to start your own business and contribute to the local economy or have expertise that you would like to lend to an organization that supports women in business, this is for you.
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NASE comments on ACA tax provisions, lack of options for self-employed
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The National Association for the Self-Employed respectfully submits this official statement for the record on the Subcommittee on Oversight's hearing. Since the beginning of the health care reform debate, the NASE has loudly voiced its opinion that, if there was a requirement to purchase a mandated level of coverage, it must be coupled with market reforms that ensured that the cost of health insurance would not grow in such a way that it would place an impossible burden on Americans to purchase health insurance.
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For the self-employed, hiring family can pay off in deductions
The Globe and Mail
Filing your tax return is something of a sport; a game to be won. Getting a large refund is sort of like winning game seven of the Stanley Cup finals or shooting a hole-in-one at Augusta. One of the keys to winning the tax game is claiming deductions. Tim Cestnick shares a story that highlights an opportunity for the self-employed to claim deductions, particularly compensation, paid to family.
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Celebrating women in business
NASE
In honor of Women's History Month, the NASE would like to showcase some contributions women have made to the business community and provide some resources for women looking to impact their community or the next generation of women entrepreneurs.

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Self-employed legislation introduced to permanently deduct self-employed health insurance costs
NASE
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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Self-employed can save with 9 tax tips
USA Today
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.

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3 ways to get your small business ready for mobile
Mashable
According to research by Pew Internet, 55 percent of U.S. adult cellphone owners use their mobile phones to access the Internet — nearly double the rate from three years ago. This means that more than half of your prospective customers may interact with your business while they're on the go. Is your small business set up to connect with today's mobile consumer? If not, here are three easy ways to get ready.
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Their businesses are small, but their achievements are grand
Vegas Inc.
Starting your own business can be dicey, to say the least. 49 percent of all mom-and-pop operations fail in their first five years but that means more than half succeed. Small businesses are far from the majority in the Las Vegas Valley but thousands of entrepreneurs are making it every day running and, in many cases, growing successful companies.
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Tax proposal could help small businesses, economy
Philadelphia Inquirer
A notable piece of small-business news on Capitol Hill concerns a tax proposal that could lift some of the uncertainty entrepreneurs complain about. Under a proposal announced by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, a popular tax deduction for equipment purchases would become permanent and be set at $250,000, aside from annual inflation adjustments.
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Help on the way for small businesses struggling with healthcare costs
The Huffington Post
The Affordable Care Act continues to generate controversy from the corridors of Capitol Hill to the sidewalks of Main Street but, in fact, many important provisions impacting our country's primary job creators have been quietly helping small business owners better afford health insurance. However, next year when the bulk of the law's provisions go into effect, we'll see even more changes that will help rein in insurance costs for small employers and the millions they employ.
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How to get ready for an IRS audit
Bloomberg Businessweek
The IRS examined just over 1 percent of all individual tax returns for the 2011 tax year but the self-employed are more likely to be asked to document their returns, says Jackie Perlman, principal tax analyst at the Tax Institute, the research and analysis division of tax prep company H&R Block. Unlike wage earners who receive W-2s from their employers, the self-employed, especially those in cash businesses, are essentially on the honor system when it comes to reporting income.
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