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    Marcus Makes the Case for ... Lower Tax Rates on Small Businesses

    Ruth Marcus tried her best yesterday to undercut the argument that tax cuts hurt the economy’s main job creators — small businesses. But once you straighten out the curves of her case, you find a highway leading directly to the opposite conclusion. It turns out she actually reinforces the point … More

    Obama Tax Hikes Already Hindering Job Growth

    Without action from Congress, the Obama tax hikes are set to take effect January 1, 2011. However, this doesn’t mean businesses are waiting until then to prepare for the potential impact. In fact, the uncertainty surrounding the tax increases is already holding back potential job growth. Today’s Wall Street Journal … More

    Side Effects: Obamacare’s Small Business Tax Credits Won't Go The Distance

    Will more small businesses be able to offer their workers health coverage under Obamacare?  The legislation creates a tax credit to encourage just that.  But a new report from The Commonwealth Fund says it probably won’t help much. Though small firms eligible for some level of the tax credit employ … More

    Businessmen Don’t Need a Lecture

    Yesterday, President Obama insisted that a coalition of Senate Republican legislators is playing partisan politics yet again. He told Americans that he knows exactly what small businesses need in order to start productively hiring, and that’s the Small Jobs Act, which is currently before the Senate. The business community does … More

    Obama's Oil Moratorium Victims Speak Out: "We Need to Return to Work"

    Businesswoman Lori Davis didn’t mince words at Tuesday’s U.S. Senate field hearing in Lafayette, LA: “The Obama administration has done absolutely nothing to protect, help or support us as an industry that feeds and powers this nation.” Davis told the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, “We need answers, we … More

    A Bipartisan Vote on the Obamacare Road to Repeal

    Tucked away in the legislation that made Obamacare into law is a tax provision that will be a compliance nightmare for small businesses if it ever goes into effect. The provision calls for all businesses to file 1099 forms with the IRS for all transactions with other businesses over $600. … More

    Tax Cut Myth Busting, Round 2

    Bill Gale’s discussion of the five myths about the Bush tax cuts was an unusually slanted piece from a normally straight-shooting liberal economist. With respect to an old friend, a little further myth busting is called for. Tax Relief as Stimulus Gale refers to the proposition that extending the tax … More

    Side Effects: Small Businesses Won’t Find a Friend in Obamacare

    One of the promises of Obamacare was that it would give folks working in small businesses access to affordable care. Unfortunately, like so much else in the law, it doesn’t look like that’s going to work very well. To solve the problems small firms have with finding affordable health coverage, Obamacare … More

    The Economic Case Against the Death Tax

    After months of inactivity, the Senate could finally address the death tax in the coming days. It is about time it acted, because in a little over five months—January 1, 2011—the death tax will rise from 0 percent all the way to 55 percent. Proponents of the death tax make … More

    Congress’ Small Business Tax Schizophrenia

    An old saying applicable to dysfunctional organizations is that the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing. The President and Congress have taken this approach to a whole new level. In seeking to strengthen small businesses to spur badly needed job creation, the left hand doesn’t know … More