One of small businesses top priorities for the foreseeable future is promoting a business friendly tax reform plan. On August 17, former Apple City mayor Rick Roelle added his voice to the chorus of tax reform advocates, emphasizing the need for reform in the Desert Dispatch. In his argument, Roelle cited his time as a public servant working to alleviate the heavy tax burden on small businesses, with state and national taxes sometimes reaching upwards of 40 percent.
“Some local entrepreneurs end up paying even higher rates depending on the nature of their business,” Roelle wrote in the Desert Dispatch. “This situation undermines the ability of American businesses large and small to compete globally, weakening economic development and dragging down job creation.”
Roelle emphasized specifically how California businesses are inordinately affected by a labyrinthine tax code that allows larger corporations to utilize loopholes while smaller businesses absorb the cost.
NFIB continues to lobby Congress to reform the tax code and lift the burden on small businesses.
“Federal taxes on business income is a ‘critical’ problem for nearly 30 percent of small business owners,” wrote NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan in a letter to the House Ways and Means Committee. “Moreover, 5 of the top 10 most severe problems facing small business owners are tax related.”