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  • Small Businesses Get Sobering Dose Of Reality as Health Insurers Reveal Their Rates For 2015

    10/19/2014 9:30:33 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 11 replies
    ijreview.com ^ | october 19, 2014 | michael hausam
    Although the Obama administration has yet to release the federal health care premiums for 2015, some private insurers have. One of them in Minnesota has indicated that they will be showing increases of up to 60% for their ACA-compliant policies. Preferred One, the largest and lowest-cost provider of health insurance in the state, pulled out of the state’s MNsure exchange last month due to its being “unsustainable.” Alycia Riedl, with the Minnesota Association of Health Underwriters, commented on the news:
  • Small Business Group Says NOT A SINGLE MEMBER Has Seen Health-Care Costs Go Down Under Obamacare

    01/02/2014 3:33:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | January 2, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    In 2011 during his reelection campaign Barack Obama promised Americans who “get their insurance from the workplace” will see $3,000 in savings thanks to Obamacare.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)Not true. The National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB), a group representing 11,000 members and small businesses, has not had a single member report health-care savings under Obamacare. The New York Post reported: New York’s small-business owners, seniors and doctors are among the big losers as President Obama’s prescription for health-insurance reform takes effect. The National Federation of Independent Businesses, an organization that represents nearly 11,000 entrepreneurs across the state, says it has yet to find...
  • Critics question IRS initiative targeting small businesses

    Small business owners across the country are receiving letters from the IRS questioning if they are reporting all of their cash income, in a new push by the agency some are saying could unnecessarily create fear in the small business community. The Wall Street Journal reports the initiative is an attempt to respond to what the agency feels is a widespread failure by small businesses to report all their cash sales. The agency says the letters are not the same as an audit, and it is simply seeking more tax information from the businesses. However, some lawmakers and business owners...
  • Uh Oh, Obamacare Math Sinks In for Small Businesses

    04/15/2013 12:42:39 PM PDT · by grundle · 19 replies
    yahoo.com/CNBC ^ | April 15, 2013 | Bertha Coombs
    The 50/30 Rule There's no requirement to provide health care if you employ fewer than 50 people. Shared responsibility requirements kick in if you are a business owner with 50 or more employees who work 30 hours or more per week. Thirty hours is considered full-time. As a business owner, you also face shared responsibility if you employ the equivalent of 50 full-time employees-for example, a combination of 100 part-time employees who work 15 hours a week. To make matters more complicated, right now the rule applies even when those workers are split across multiple businesses. "One of the key...
  • Obama SBA Head Hasn't Heard Of ObamaCare Impacting Small Business

    11/22/2012 3:11:11 PM PST · by Libloather · 35 replies
    Obama SBA Head Hasn't Heard Of ObamaCare Impacting Small BusinessPosted on November 21, 2012 **SNIP** "You know, I travel all around the country, every week I go to a different part of the country. I'm with small businesses. And I'm not hearing that," Mills said about the negative impact ObamaCare has on small business.
  • Small Businesses Grow Wary; See Fewer Hires, Investments

    10/11/2012 7:11:10 AM PDT · by Qbert · 3 replies
    CNBC ^ | 9 Oct 2012 | Reuters
    U.S. small business sentiment weakened in September for the fourth time in five months as fewer owners expected to add staff and make capital investments. The National Federation of Independent Business said on Tuesday its optimism index fell 0.1 point to 92.8 last month. The drop is a sign the U.S. economy is taking a hit from uncertainty over the possibility of tax hikes and government spending cuts next year, said William Dunkelberg, chief economist at the NFIB. "Owners are in maintenance mode — spending only where necessary and not hiring, expanding or ordering more inventories until the future becomes...
  • 60% of firms to kill health insurance or charge more under Obamacare

    09/26/2012 6:49:07 AM PDT · by Qbert · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 25, 2012 | Paul Bedard
    A majority of small business owners and manufacturers are mulling drastic changes to comply with Obamacare, with 21 percent set to drop health insurance to workers altogether and 38 percent planning to make employees pay much more. In a poll done for the National Association of Manufacturers and National Federation of Independent Businesses, 59 percent said that they will have to consider changes once the full law kicks in because increased costs will jeopardize their operations. According to the poll, 67 percent expect Obamacare to raise healthcare costs. The fears about spending more on health care are adding to growing...
  • The Real-World Middle Class Tax Rate: 75%  

    If we include all taxes, the real-world tax rate is much higher than the "official" income tax rate. For those Americans earning between $34,500 and $106,000, the real-world middle class tax burden in high-tax locales is 15% + 25% + 5% + 15% + 15% = 75%. Yes, 75%. Before you start listing the innumerable caveats and quibbles raised by any discussion of taxes, please hear me out first. Let's start by defining "taxes" as any fee that is mandated by law or legal necessity. In other words, taxes are what is not optional. If we include all taxes, the...
  • Obama to Push Extension of Middle Class Tax Cuts

    07/09/2012 6:58:36 AM PDT · by MrChips · 23 replies
    AP ^ | 7/9/12 | Julie Pace
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is launching a push to extend tax cuts for the middle class, as he seeks to shift the election-year economic debate from the dismal jobs market to assertions that Republican rival Mitt Romney protects the rich. Obama, in an address from the White House later Monday, will call on Congress to pass a one-year extension of tax cuts for households making less than $250,000 a year, said senior campaign adviser Robert Gibbs. The president's appeal to middle-class voters is aimed at drawing a contrast with Romney and congressional Republicans. The House GOP is expected...
  • OBAMA PREPARES TO DROP TAX-INCREASE BOMB ON JOB CREATORS

    07/09/2012 8:52:45 AM PDT · by kingattax · 32 replies
    Big Government ^ | 9 Jul 2012 | John Nolte
    President Obama is obviously panicked. Last month Obama and his supporters spent a lot more than Mitt Romney, but even with that cash advantage and the media on their side, the polls haven't budged. Moreover, the President and his campaign have been running around frantically trying to find something that will stick to Romney, be it provable lies about his outsourcing and outright smears involving offshore accounts. Still, Obama can't get above 47% and Romney hasn't even started campaigning in earnest or spending the $160 million he has on hand. Today, in yet another desperate attempt to win a news...
  • Pelosi Statement on President Obama’s Call to Extend the Middle Class Tax Cuts

    07/09/2012 10:33:54 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 18 replies
    Pelosi Statement on President Obama’s Call to Extend the Middle Class Tax Cuts July 09, 2012 Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after President Obama called for the extension of tax cuts for all Americans making up to $250,000 per year: “Today, President Obama once again stood firmly with America’s middle class and small businesses. Democrats and the President have always fought for an extension of the tax cuts for middle-income families to offer greater relief and economic certainty to all working Americans. “Once again, Republicans must decide: will they continue to hold middle...
  • With Today's Tax Flip-Flop Obama Moves Left of Pelosi, Hits 900K Small Bizs

    07/09/2012 1:28:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/9/12 | John Nolte
    With the economy threatening to fall into another recession and job growth plummeting, Obama came before the American people today demanding taxes be raised on those making over $250,000 a year, including what he admitted would include 3% of small businesses. Even if that 3% is correct, which is disputed, that 3% means a tax increase on 900,000 small businesses. That's nearly a million small business owners who will now be even more crippled and have less capital available to expand their payrolls -- which of course means fewer jobs for the middle class and the poor who would like...
  • 100% of U.S. Jobs Added Since 2010 Have Been Self-Employment,... (shortened title)

    06/16/2012 5:12:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 16, 2012 | Mike Shedlock
    Here are some charts from Reader Tim Wallace that help explain my report a few days ago that 23% of Small Business Owners (Approximately 6.21 million) Report "No Pay for a Year"; New Zealand, Singapore, US, Best Places to Start and Run a Business The first chart below shows actual employment of covered workers compared to the civilian population and labor force. Covered employees are those eligible for unemployment benefits (working or not). Some are currently collecting those benefits. In the following charts, "covered employment" or "net employment" refers to those with benefits and currently working. Population, Labor Force, Covered...
  • For small businesses, a hesitancy to hire (fearing taxes, discimination lawsuits)

    02/14/2011 9:06:18 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 12 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | February 14, 2011 | Megan Woolhouse
    FRANKLIN — For the first time in years, Bill and Donna Olson, owners of a small contractor supply company, feel hopeful. Sales of power tools, ladders, and generators are up. More customers are visiting their showroom. Most important, nails — their business’s lifeblood — are selling again. ... At Marathon Tool, the Olsons said hiring one counter clerk at $35,000 a year would require them to also pay $1,750 in state unemployment insurance premiums, $2,170 in federal payroll taxes, $583 for workers’ compensation insurance, and $280 for federal unemployment insurance. Just covering the salary would require them to sell about...
  • Why the Tax Compromise Won't Work

    12/19/2010 2:08:12 AM PST · by Scanian · 49 replies · 1+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | December 19, 2010 | Paul B. Matthews
    Many on the right, and particularly those who do not truly understand supply-side economics, are propagating the idea that the extension of the Bush tax cuts will bolster investment by business and will trigger a wave of economic activity, thereby helping to pull the U.S. out of its worst economic malaise since Jimmy Carter. This conclusion is wrong. Moreover, by propagating this pseudo-supply side position, proponents have needlessly made Republicans vulnerable to flanking maneuvers by America's left -- maneuvers that could lead to disastrous consequences for the 2012 elections. If the Bush tax cuts are extended, the average American will...
  • Have Women Abandoned Democrats?

    10/29/2010 10:50:02 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 23 replies · 1+ views
    http://annem040359.wordpress.com/ ^ | October 29,2010 | annem040359
    This should not come as any surprise, considering many women manage family household budgets, as well as start and maintain new small businesses. Also many conservative women are running for public office and this coming Tuesday could see a “spike” in the numbers on the federal and state levels. Also many, many women have had for nearly two years, been involved with the “tea party movement”, from attending to planning them. Sadly, many women have also been subjected to layoffs from job positions, which also make the people of my gender turn against the Democrats.
  • Obama Jobs Bill Could be Job Killer for Small Businesses

    09/15/2010 4:03:13 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | September 15, 2010 | American Small Business League
    Barack Obama’s small business jobs bill contains a dangerous loophole that could encourage billions of dollars in fraud in small business contracting programs, and protect fraudulent companies from prosecution. The bill is currently pending in the U.S. Senate. Section 1341 of H.R. 5297, the Small Business Jobs Act, contains provisions that would allow the Small Business Administration (SBA) to develop policies and procedures that would protect large businesses that have misrepresented themselves as small businesses from prosecution for felony contracting fraud. Since 2003, over a dozen federal investigations have found billions of dollars a month in federal small business contracts...
  • Dem's agenda is costing American jobs

    09/06/2010 4:17:08 PM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies · 1+ views
    sky hi daily news ^ | September 5, 2010 | Tim T. Schowalter
    The anti-business agenda of Obama and the Democrats is a major factor. The only way a job is created is for someone to risk their money to start or expand a business. Anyone considering that must look at current and future economics. That look shows an increasing level of financial risk and headaches as Obama keeps pushing for higher taxes, higher energy costs, more regulation and more forced unionism. Obama Care has a new accounting nightmare, that requires a 1099 for all financial business transactions over $600... Obama is still pushing for the card check bill, which eliminates the secret...
  • Biden: GOP Tax Cut Claims a 'Bunch of Malarkey'

    08/25/2010 9:54:16 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 25, 2010 | Associated Press
    Washington (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden says Republican assertions that small businesses would suffer if all of the expiring Bush tax cuts aren't extended are a "bunch of malarkey." A series of sweeping tax cuts enacted under President George W. Bush are set to expire in January. The Obama administration wants to renew only those tax breaks that affect middle-class and lower income taxpayers, those with incomes under $250,000. Republicans want the tax cuts extended for all wage-earners.
  • Pressure builds on Congress to junk 'nightmare' tax rule

    08/13/2010 6:04:29 PM PDT · by george76 · 30 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | Aug. 4, 2010 | Jeffry Bartash
    1099 requirement buried in health-care law riles up small businesses . Bipartisan support is building for a repeal of a little-known tax rule in President Barack Obama's signature health-care law that has drawn the ire of small businesses around the country... Starting in 2012, businesses will be required to file a 1099 tax form each time they spend more than $600 a year to buy goods or services from another company. The 1099 rule is not entirely new. Under long-standing law, businesses have to file tax forms when they buy services from individual-owned businesses or partnerships. The new law extends...
  • Video: City of Dallas Bans Signs for Small Business

    08/05/2010 11:30:47 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/5/2010 | Institute for Justice
    Under a Dallas law enacted in 2008, businesses are prohibited from putting signs in the upper two-thirds of any window or glass door, and no more than 15 percent of any window or glass door may be covered by signs. The only way to comply with the new ordinance is by putting tiny signs at peoples feet, which is not an effective way to advertise. The law also bans signs that cover more than 25 percent of a buildings facade. Failure to take down the signs means you are at risk to be hit with a fine up to $2,000....
  • Small business next to go????

    07/23/2010 5:48:27 AM PDT · by conservativesister · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Anyone heard about the coming fall of small business? Speaker at a business seminar last week stated that during the next year $3 Trillion of loans for small business would be belly up. That means more unemployed, more home foreclosures and a lost less places to look for jobs. If we lose small business as the backbone of this country there will be nothing left but government jobs - oh wait.... that's what Obama wanted anyway - well here you go!!
  • Obama refocuses bailout on small businesses

    10/21/2009 11:57:26 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 100 replies · 2,145+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/21/09 | Julie Pace and Jim Kuhnhenn - ap
    LANDOVER, Md. – President Barack Obama unveiled plans to refocus spending of the government's $700 billion financial bailout away from Wall Street's big financial institutions and toward small businesses on Main Street. Speaking in a small business near Washington, Obama said the initiatives would make it easier for smaller community banks to provide credit to small businesses, which have been hard-hit by the financial crisis. The president's plan also includes a request that Congress increase caps for existing Small Business Administration loans. "Over the past decade and a half, America's small businesses have created 65 percent of all new jobs...
  • Soaring medical costs strain small businesses (owners fear insurance mandates will add to burden)

    10/12/2009 9:30:19 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 826+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 10/12/09 | Keith Darcé
    Cathy Jamieson and her husband struggle to maintain health insurance coverage for workers at their small plastics molding plant in Chula Vista. Premiums at American Design have doubled over the past three years, annual deductibles have climbed to as much as $10,000 per family, and the company has turned to three different insurers to find affordable options for its 12 employees, Jamieson said. With the recession killing more than half of American Design's business, Jamieson worries that medical benefits might soon have to go. “I don't know where we're going to be next year,” she said. If Jamieson is confident...
  • Obama And Congress Are Crushing Small Businesses

    08/18/2009 1:28:52 PM PDT · by HorowitzianConservative · 4 replies · 271+ views
    NewsReal Blog ^ | August 18, 2009 | Matthew Vadum
    “Small businesses in America…are dying — and the government has their blood on its hands,” Glenn Beck said Monday on his Fox News program which took the form of a town hall-style meeting. He added: The Obama administration and Congress is forcing socialized medicine down our throats. They’re forcing unions to take over your successful businesses and hijacking the contracts of workers under the interestingly worded employee “Free Choice Act.” They’re raising your capital gains taxes and, when that frightening cap-and-trade bill passes, energy prices are going to skyrocket so much that there is no way your small business is...
  • Obama's Plan: 58% Tax Rates

    07/19/2009 5:31:11 AM PDT · by jodiluvshoes · 34 replies · 2,136+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 07.19.2009 | Kevin McCullough
    I was asked this past Thursday morning on Fox News about the impact of President Obama spending the day in New Jersey campaigning for the immensely unpopular sitting governor Jon Corzine. I was asked if it was a good use of the President's time. I was asked if there were bigger things he should be focused on. I was asked if it might not even backfire against Corzine or other candidates in the immediate electoral future. Obama dedicated not just a speech, but the entire day to the Corzine cause. My response is simple, "It's what he has to do."...
  • Wal-Mart's Superstore, A Bad Idea

    07/14/2009 9:04:37 AM PDT · by OneVike · 154 replies · 3,179+ views
    Post Scripts ^ | 7/14/09 | OneVike
    by OneVike On Thursday evening of July 16, 2009 @ 6:30pm in the City Council Chambers at 421 Main Street, a group of representatives from Wal-Mart will come before the Chico Planning Commission for approval on a new Supercenter to be built in Chico. They promise to create almost new jobs for those who live in and around Chico. So I did my civic duty and informed you of the meeting, now while I will tell you why I am against it. I originally started writing this article in favor of Wal-Mart and their new Superstore. However as I...
  • TARP for Small Business: Theory Vs. Reality

    07/11/2009 11:08:25 AM PDT · by fiscon1 · 12 replies · 352+ views
    The Provocateur ^ | 07/11/2009 | Mike Volpe
    The government is now floating the idea of giving small businesses money from the Troubled Asset Relief Program. The Obama administration is working on a plan that would make available funds from the $700 billion banking-system bailout package to millions of small businesses struggling to survive the recession, FOX News has confirmed. Gene Sperling, a top adviser to Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, developed the idea of using funds from the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) to help small businesses as part of a department-wide push to generate ideas to pump life into this ailing part of the economy. The concept...
  • Obama 's taxes : small businesses hardest hit

    05/29/2009 2:25:18 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 13 replies · 983+ views
    Rush ^ | April 27th | Rush
    RUSH: Listen to this. This ran today in the Washington Post. Now, this prints out to six pages. In the newspaper it would probably be a pretty long story, and the interesting stuff is not 'til later in the story so I don't know how many people are actually going to read enough of this to get you the dirt on it. It's by Lori Montgomery and V. Dion Haynes: "Gail Johnson doesn't think of herself as wealthy. The former pediatric nurse has spent 20 years building a chain of preschools and after-school programs that accommodate sick children so working...
  • Joe The Plumber Right On Socialism, Soaring Taxes On Small Businesses Under Obama

    04/28/2009 3:54:28 PM PDT · by Michael Eden · 9 replies · 582+ views
    Start Thinking Right ^ | April 28, 2009 | Michael Eden
    It's not like Barrack Obama didn't promise the American people that he would lead them into socialism. You might remember the famous encounter with Joe "the plumber": Wurzelbacher said he planned to become the owner of a small plumbing business that will take in more than the $250,000 amount at which Obama plans to begin raising tax rates. "Your new tax plan is going to tax me more, isn't it?" the blue-collar worker asked. After Obama responded that it would, Wurzelbacher continued: "I've worked hard . . . I work 10 to 12 hours a day and I'm buying this...
  • Valley leg of I-69 a big maybe

    02/05/2008 1:12:56 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies · 267+ views
    Brownsville Herald ^ | February 4, 2008 | Kevin Sieff
    A so-called “NAFTA Superhighway” earned support from the city’s mayor and discussion among residents Monday during a public hearing on the Texas Department of Transportation’s I-69 project. TxDOT held a public hearing at the Brownsville Events Center Monday to explain the progress of the Trans-Texas Corridor, a future segment of Highway I-69, which will link the U.S.-Mexico border to the U.S.-Canada border. After a short presentation, the floor was open for comments. Among the local politicians, college students and retirees at the hearing there was a wide range of opinion on the project. According to Mario Jorge, district engineer for...
  • Small business 'victory' in Jersey tax dispute

    02/28/2006 10:53:09 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies · 532+ views
    The Register ^ | 28 Feb 2006
    Step towards closing the loophole, SMBs say Owner-managers have claimed a victory over retail industry big guns in an argument about the exploitation of Jersey’s tax loophole. Goods worth less than Ł18 sold on Jersey are exempt from VAT, a fact that has tempted the likes of Tesco, HMV and Amazon to use the island as a sales base, distributing knockdown CDs, books and DVDs to UK customers. SPONSORED LINKS IT gurus seek Your counsel - Jobsite, The best people for the job At Rackpace Managed Hosting we're passionate about the hosting business and we're here to stay - Click...
  • Subchapter S Corporations

    10/25/2004 12:16:39 PM PDT · by Soul_Golem · 39 replies · 2,646+ views
    The Rightist Wing ^ | 10/24/2004 | Andrew DeWitt
    Subchapter S Corporations Recently, I saw on Tucker Eskew's internet blog someone had posted this message in comments:I have a small business and I keep hearing how Kerry is going to raise taxes for people over 200K and how that is going to hurt me.Some Dem told me that it would only matter if I was a Subchapter S business where the AGI (Adjusted Gross Income) would be over 200K. He says that this is only about 1% of small businesses because most small businesses making over 200K are not classified as Subchapter S corporations. Can one of you help...
  • Fact Sheets on President Bush's Policies - Tax Relief for Small Businesses

    08/17/2004 7:01:46 PM PDT · by Ears508 · 419+ views
    GOP.com ^ | Aug 17th, 04 | GOP.com
    Tax Relief for America's Small Businesses http://www.gop.com/news/read.aspx?ID=4539
  • Businesses, Politics, and Tax Policy

    02/01/2004 11:00:47 AM PST · by WaterDragon · 13 replies · 252+ views
    Oregon Magazine ^ | February 1, 2004 | Thomas B. Cox
    Most businesses - and several business associations - were carefully silent on Measure 30 [a massive increase in income and business taxes to be voted on next Tuesday]. Intel, a bellwether as the largest private employer in the state, kept mum. Associated Oregon Industries was equally coy. And high profile Nike joined the recently created Oregon Business Association to campaign actively for the tax. On reflection, we shouldn't be surprised when businesses don't fight for good economic policies, and at times even fight in favor of bad ones. There's no reason to think business people are much wiser or much...
  • Radio Address by the President to the Nation, 5-10-03

    05/10/2003 7:56:02 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies · 233+ views
    WhiteHouse.gov ^ | 5-10-03 | Geroge W. Bush
    For Immediate ReleaseOffice of the Press SecretaryMay 10, 2003 President's Radio Address      In Focus: Economic Security     Audio THE PRESIDENT: Good morning. This week with a vote in the House of Representatives, Congress took a positive step towards passage of my jobs and growth proposal. The plan I submitted would create more than a million jobs by the end of next year through immediate tax relief for American families and businesses. Since I sent my plan to Congress in January, the need for action the economy has become even more urgent. The unemployment rate last month reached 6 percent as many employers...