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NASE provides constructive feedback to small business tax proposal
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The NASE provided feedback to the House Ways and Means Committee on their small business tax reform discussion draft. In blunt terms, only one of the four components has any bearing on the self-employed community, the Unified Deduction for Start-Up and Organizations Expenses. Due to our concern, the NASE has met with various tax staff members to discuss additional items that we encourage the House Committee on Ways & Means as well as the House Committee on Small Business to consider as they near finalizing draft legislation reforming the tax code. The following are additional tax proposals put forth by the NASE.
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Texas tops list of best small business tax systems, California at bottom
Small Business Trends
If you were to choose a state to do business in based solely on state tax systems, Texas and North Dakota would be at the top of the list. And at the bottom? Try California, Hawaii and New Jersey. The Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council has released its annual Business Tax Index 2013. The Index ranks the 10 best and worst states in which to do business from a tax system perspective, especially for small-business owners.
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With Boston locked down, small business steps up
Bloomberg Businessweek
As Boston reeled from the Marathon bombings, on lockdown because of the ongoing manhunt for a suspect, area small businesses defied authorities and opened for business, driven by a mix of altruism and necessity. Here are snapshots of a few of them.
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NASE provides constructive feedback to small business tax proposal
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The NASE provided feedback to the House Ways and Means Committee on their small business tax reform discussion draft. In blunt terms, only one of the four components has any bearing on the self-employed community, the Unified Deduction for Start-Up and Organizations Expenses.

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Self-employed? Take smarter deductions
The Huffington Post
Taking business deductions creates two problems for the self-employed: Deductions encourage self-employed workers to compete in "a race to the bottom." Self-employed try to earn the least money possible in order to pay as little as possible towards Social Security and Medicare taxes. Instead of focusing on growing their business, they fixate on keeping it in check by spending more and thus, earning less.

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IRS focuses audits on small-business owners
The Associated Press via The Kansas City Star
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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Perfecting the social media balancing act
By Katie Dubow
Social media has been a big marketing play for more than five years. Whether you're a public relations professional or not, you know you have to be on social media. It's the absolute perfect blend of advertising and public relations. Plus, it's free. Social media outlets of all kinds let you connect with your key demographic on a daily basis. Here, you get to interact with your clientele in a cool, friendly, funny manner.
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Self-employed and looking for a mortgage
Every Investor
As a self-employed person looking to buy for the first time, move house or just remortgage, that the level of borrowing you require is not available. While you may feel you can afford to pay the mortgage, if the evidence available to the lender doesn't support this, then they simply won't lend. Lenders have become more vigilant about lending to the self-employed right at a time when more people are setting up on their own following redundancy or a simple wish to be their own boss. If that's you, unfortunately you will experience difficulties if you have been trading for fewer than two years.
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U.S. Bank: Small-business owners disagree on direction of economy
Dow Jones Newswires via Fox Business
Small-business owners in the U.S. disagreed on the state of the economy in 2013, though slightly more thought the economy was recovering rather than contracting, an improvement over last year, according to recent data from a U.S. Bank survey. Government spending was small-business owner's top concern, followed by unemployment, health care and taxes according to the survey from U.S. Bank, a unit of U.S. Bancorp, which included 3,210 small businesses. During 2012, health care topped the list.
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Hourly Nerd fills small business need with MBA students
Upstart Business Journal
A class project has turned into a real business opportunity for three Harvard Business School students. Their Hourly Nerd website, which pairs starving business school students with small businesses in need of cheap consultants, has taken off and they're now talking with angel investors and venture capitalists about funding while still attending classes. More than 500 MBA students have signed on, and more than 45 small businesses have projects going on the site so far.
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Self-employment an escape from long-term joblessness for some older workers
The Huffington Post
Three of every 10 self-employed workers older than 45 turned to entrepreneurship after being laid off, according to a new AARP survey. The findings suggest starting a business is a good way for older workers to bounce back: 72 percent of older entrepreneurs said their businesses earned a profit in 2011. Recent research has shown that long-term unemployment itself is an obstacle to getting back to work, so for older workers it can be a double whammy.
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