NFIB National News Releases

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National News Releases

  • U.S. House Votes to Repeal Estate Tax, Keep Family Businesses in the FamilyApril 16, 2015This is the first time in 10 years there has been a vote on a full repeal of the tax. NFIB is hopeful this will put pressure on the Senate and White House to do the same.
  • NFIB Tells Committee that Taxes are now the Top Concern for Small Business OwnersApril 15, 2015Washington, DC (April 15, 2015) – The top researcher for the country’s leading small business organization told members of Congress today that more small business owners are worried about taxes than sales, a change in the data that should concern policymakers in Washington.
  • Small Business Owner says Tax Reform should focus on Lower Rates, Simplification and Parity between Local Firms and Big CorporationsApril 15, 2015Washington, DC (April 15, 2015) – Ohio businessman Scott Lipps told the House Small Business Committee today that the federal tax code is a liability for his small firm and that Congress should fix the system with an eye toward lower rates, fewer rules and equal treatment for small business owners who worry that reform will leave them behind.
  • Small Business: Tax Day a Reminder that Reform is OverdueApril 14, 2015Washington, DC (April 14, 2015) – According to the IRS the average small business now must devote 24 hours and pay more than $400 just to prepare and pay its federal taxes, due tomorrow. That cost is the result of bewildering complexity in an IRS Code that has grown from 30,000 pages in 1986, the last time it was reformed, to more than 70,000 pages today. Clearly, it’s time for reform, says the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).
  • NFIB Urges EPA Administrator to Listen to Small Businesses during her Waters Regulation Road ShowApril 07, 2015Washington, DC (April 7, 2015) – EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is hitting the road this week to promote her agency’s takeover of local water regulation. But instead of meeting with environmental activists, friendly politicians and others who won’t have to deal with the massive new costs, bureaucratic hassles and big legal risks, she should take a few minutes to explain to small business owners why they shouldn’t be deeply worried.
  • Small Business Says Bottoms Up to National Beer DayApril 07, 2015Washington, D.C., April 7, 2015 – As Benjamin Franklin once said, “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” Americans who plan on “observing” National Beer Day today should remember that their favorite suds probably come from a local business, said the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).
  • Small Biz Hiring Good Though Unemployment Expected to IncreaseApril 02, 2015Washington, D.C., April 2, 2015 – The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Chief Economist William C. Dunkelberg issued the following comments on the March Jobs Report. The findings are based on the NFIB monthly Small Business Economic Trends survey. The survey was conducted in March and reflects the response of 575 small businesses:
  • Small Business Responds to Obama Veto on Ambush ElectionsMarch 31, 2015Washington, DC (March 31, 2015) – President Obama’s decision today to veto a congressional resolution aimed at giving small businesses a fair chance to get legal advice, talk to employees and prepare for labor elections tilts the game heavily in favor of unions, said the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) today.
  • Small Business Asks SCOTUS to Block States from Undermining Federal Arbitration ActMarch 27, 2015Washington, D.C., March 27, 2015 – The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) is urging the Supreme Court to prevent states from undoing legal agreements that are binding under federal law.
  • SCOTUS Hearing Case that Could Result in Regulatory Crusade Against Small BusinessMarch 25, 2015Washington, D.C., March 25, 2015 – The National Federation of Independent Business is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to rule against the Environmental Protection Agency in the case of State of Michigan v. Environmental Protection Agency, concerning an EPA rule that would significantly increase small businesses energy costs.
  • After Five Years, Small Business Still Confused and Disappointed by Affordable Care ActMarch 23, 2015The Affordable Care Act turns five today, and while the Obama administration is commemorating the occasion, there is not much for small businesses to celebrate.
  • Small Business Cheers as Measure to Block NLRB Ambush Rule Moves to President’s DeskMarch 19, 2015Washington, D.C., March 19, 2015 – The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) today is available for comment regarding the House passage of S.J. Resolution 8, a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act to block a new rule giving unions an unfair advantage in labor elections.
  • NFIB Updates Senate on Obamacare: Data Validate the DoubtersMarch 19, 2015NFIB's Holly Wade testified before a Senate committee this morning, and her message was clear. The predicted benefits of the Affordable Care Act for small business owners are far off the mark.
  • Leading Small Business Group Asks Congress What Real Purpose the Estate Tax ServesMarch 18, 2015Washington, D.C., March 18, 2015 – When members of the House Ways and Means Committee hear testimony today on the federal estate tax, its members should focus on the continuing problems that small business owners face in dealing with the estate tax, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) said this morning.
  • Small Business Urges Mandatory Penalties for Frivolous LawsuitsMarch 17, 2015NFIB Small Business Legal Center Senior Counsel Elizabeth Milito told a key House subcommittee today that lawyers and their clients who drag small business owners into court over frivolous or outrageous claims should face mandatory penalties.
  • Small Business Continues to Push for Ambush Rule OverturnMarch 17, 2015Washington, D.C., March 17, 2015 – The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) today urged every member of the US House of Representatives to back a resolution disapproving a pro-union rule that would condense the time for union elections from more than a month to as few as 10 days, robbing small business owners the appropriate amount of time to prepare.
  • NFIB Challenges Depression Era Law that Allows Government to Take Private Property without CompensationMarch 10, 2015Washington, D.C., March 9, 2015 – The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Small Business Legal Center today in an amicus brief asked the US Supreme Court to strike down a New Deal era law that forces raisin growers to surrender a portion of their annual crop without any compensation.
  • SCOTUS Gives Businesses Chance to Challenge Tax Regulations in Federal CourtMarch 03, 2015NFIB applauds the Supreme Court’s clarification of the Tax Injunction Act allowing businesses the ability to challenge provisions relating to a state’s tax code in a Federal Court.
  • Small Business Makes Ambush Rule a Top PriorityMarch 03, 2015The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) today urged every member of the US Senate to back a resolution disapproving of a new labor rule that would condense the time for union elections from more than a month to as few as 10 days, giving local business owners almost no time to talk to their workers and make the necessary legal preparations.
  • SCOTUS Fries Fishy Application of Banking Reform to Prosecute Boat CaptainFebruary 25, 2015WASHINGTON, D.C., February 25, 2015 – NFIB today cheered the Supreme Court’s decision to reject the government’s “creative” attempt to expand criminal liabilities for businesses already struggling with over regulation.
  • NFIB Small Business Legal Center Argues That National Policy Should Trump State Law On Arbitration AgreementFebruary 23, 2015WASHINGTON, D.C., February 23, 2015 — Today, the NFIB Legal Center asked the US Supreme Court to override a decision by the New Jersey Supreme Court that could undermine the ability of small businesses everywhere to avoid protracted and costly lawsuits with arbitration agreements.
  • NFIB: Delaying Obamacare HRA Penalty Not a SolutionFebruary 18, 2015The IRS made a sudden announcement that it will delay penalties for businesses using Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRA's) as a tax-free means to reimburse employees' healthcare costs and health insurance premiums until July 1, 2015.
  • NFIB Applauds U.S. House Passage of Small Business ExpensingFebruary 13, 2015Expensing helps alleviate two top concerns for small business owners: reducing tax complexity and improving cash flow.
  • NFIB & 174 Organizations Support Small Business ExpensingFebruary 12, 2015NFIB joined 174 business associations to deliver a unified message of support for H.R. 636, America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act of 2015, which would provide permanent expensing levels that meet small business owners’ needs, reduce uncertainty for planning and streamline recordkeeping.
  • NFIB Legal Center to Testify Against Ambush RuleFebruary 11, 2015Beth Milito, Senior Executive Counsel of NFIB’s Small Business Legal Center, testifies on how the National Labor Relation Board’s new election rules will harm small businesses.
  • NFIB Hails Launch of Local Business Coalition to Combat Expansion of Joint Employer DefinitionFebruary 10, 2015The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) applauded the launch of a new coalition of local business owners and others who are concerned that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will expand the definition of joint employer, ultimately undermining the employer-employee relationship and diminishing the autonomy millions of small business owners currently have over their own business.