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National Association for the Self Employed

The Independent Contractor in the New Freelance Economy

Katie Vlietstra | Posted 06.24.2016 | Business
Katie Vlietstra

You most likely have used Uber to get you where you want, or NoWait to snag a reservation at a hot, new restaurant, or bought gifts through the online marketplace Etsy. These services are part of a growing and on-demand business demographic called the "freelance economy."

Three Buckets of Small Business Attention

Katie Vlietstra | Posted 12.22.2014 | Small Business
Katie Vlietstra

The small business community, including self-employed and micro-businesses, welcomed a major benefit this tax year: a new, streamlined IRS home office standardized deduction.

Women and the Small Business Workforce

Katie Vlietstra | Posted 10.13.2014 | Small Business
Katie Vlietstra

Just as women face challenges at leading companies and within its ranks, the situation is strikingly similar among the small business community. Again, women are a growing and dominant group among the self-employed, but encounter challenges in opening and growing their own small business.

Passing the Health Care Buck

Katie Vlietstra | Posted 08.25.2014 | Small Business
Katie Vlietstra

The addition of this new health care tax will add to the operating costs of the small business community in Washington, D.C. It's not unreasonable to assume that this new tax on health insurance carriers is going to be passed along to the individual policyholder's premium costs.

Will You Support Your Favorite Small Business?

Katie Vlietstra | Posted 07.13.2014 | Small Business
Katie Vlietstra

The bottom-line: America's small business community continues to play on an unfair and unequal field when contrasted with their corporate counterparts.

Encouraging Self-Employment Should Be a Focal Point of the New Small Business Administrator

Katie Vlietstra | Posted 06.18.2014 | Small Business
Katie Vlietstra

Our nation's smallest businesses -- the self-employed and micro-businesses -- represent the heart and soul of America's middle class. Yet, America's small businesses face critical challenges that prevent them from opening, growing and expanding.

Small Firms Are Ready for Immigration Reform

Kristie Arslan | Posted 06.22.2013 | Politics
Kristie Arslan

As lawmakers move forward with immigration reform, they must consider both the financial and business impact it will have on America's smallest businesses.

Stop Playing Chicken With America's Future

Kristie Arslan | Posted 02.05.2013 | Small Business
Kristie Arslan

America's self-employed and micro business owners are hard-working individuals who put their blood, sweat and tears into their work. All they want to do is be successful. Congress, the Administration and state governments should do everything in their power to help them achieve success.

Mr. President, Focus on the 'Baffle Rule,' not the 'Buffett Rule'

Kristie Arslan | Posted 06.11.2012 | Business
Kristie Arslan

Tax credits don't work to encourage behavior if Americans can't understand them, so let's get Congress and the president to enact the "Baffle Rule" this year, so that our taxes for next year are friendlier and less baffling to the self-employed and small businesses.

State of the Union: A "Level Playing Field" Must Include the Self-Employed Agenda

Kristie Arslan | Posted 03.25.2012 | Small Business
Kristie Arslan

If the President and Congress are really serious about ensuring a fair tax code, they'll take action on the tax and other policy changes that level the playing field for the foundation of the American economy: the self-employed.

Small Business Planning During an Uncertain Economy

Kristie Arslan | Posted 03.04.2012 | Business
Kristie Arslan

The self-employed and small-business owners of America encourage Congress to extend the payroll tax cuts for an entire year so there's one less thing we have to accommodate for in our plans for success.

Extending the Payroll Tax Cuts Into 2012

Kristie Arslan | Posted 02.12.2012 | Business
Kristie Arslan

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.

Reducing the National Debt While Keeping Small Businesses Top of Mind

Kristie Arslan | Posted 01.16.2012 | Business
Kristie Arslan

It is our hope that the super committee will be able to come to a consensus that will alleviate the national debt and work in the favor of one of America's largest economic strongholds -- small businesses.

Refined Tax Code Will Stimulate Entrepreneurship

Kristie Arslan | Posted 01.03.2012 | Business
Kristie Arslan

A corporation is able to write off its employees' health insurance, lowering its taxable income. Self-employed business owners, on the other hand, must pay for health insurance with post-tax dollars.

Self-Employment Keeps the Unemployment Rolls Low

Kristie Arslan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Kristie Arslan

The unemployment rate is now at its lowest level - 9.4 percent - in 19 months, despite millions of Americans who would like to go back to work. While ...