BTW Articles

17 Apr

AIB Publishes Policy Paper on Access to Capital for Small Businesses

Advocates for Independent Business has produced the Backgrounder on the Small Business Credit Crunch, which outlines broad policy solutions, with a focus on strengthening and expanding community banks, increasing credit union business lending, and reorienting the SBA’s loan guarantee programs.

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09 Apr

Survey Finds Support Among Small Business Owners for Minimum Wage Hike

According to an opinion poll released in March by the Small Business Majority, just over half of the small business owners surveyed support increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 from the current federal minimum wage of $7.25.

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03 Apr

Ruling Demanding Lower Debit Card Interchange Fees Overturned

In a victory for the banking industry, a federal appeals court has overturned a July 2013 ruling by a U.S. district court that ordered the Federal Reserve to rewrite rules to lower the cap on debit card swipe fees.

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03 Apr

SBA Improves Access to Small Business Loans

The Small Business Administration has eliminated or revised several requirements for its two main loan programs to make it easier for businesses to secure SBA-backed financing and to encourage job creation.

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13 Mar

House Judiciary Hearing Explores Alternatives to Marketplace Fairness Act

On  March 12, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary held a full committee hearing on the issue of sales tax fairness. The hearing focused on various ideas for collecting sales tax on remote sales not covered in the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013.

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06 Mar

Sales Tax Fairness Hearing Rescheduled Due to Snowstorm

Due to the snowstorm on March 3 in Washington, D.C., the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary hearing on sales tax fairness legislation scheduled for March 4 has been postponed until March 12. The postponement forced ABA to cancel its Advocacy Day planned for March 4.

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27 Feb

ABA and AIB Head to Washington in Support of Sales Tax Fairness

On Tuesday, March 4, ABA and Advocates for Independent Business will be holding an Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C., in support of sales tax fairness. Throughout the day, ABA and AIB members will be meeting with members of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee.

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11 Feb

Tax Time: Remember to Find Out If Your Business Qualifies for a Health Care Tax Credit

Booksellers who have been providing health insurance to their employees should remember that the Affordable Care Act includes federal tax credits for small businesses.

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12 Feb

Reminder: Show Your Support for Sales Tax Fairness

With the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary scheduled to hold a hearing on sales tax fairness on March 4, ABA is calling on booksellers to express their support by creating testimonials and meeting with their representatives at local district offices during the mid-February congressional recess.

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05 Feb

Campaign Urges Swift Confirmation of New SBA Head

The Small Business Majority is asking business owners to sign a letter urging lawmakers to confirm Maria Contreras-Sweet as head of the Small Business Administration as soon as possible.

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