The new health care law, the Affordable Care Act, has tremendous benefits for small businesses, particularly the tax credits and health insurance exchanges. But the 1099 provision, which has nothing to do with healthcare reform and was included only as a revenue-raising measure, works against them. It would require small businesses to file a 1099 form for the purchase of any goods and service over $600—forcing them to spend an inordinate amount of time filling out paperwork instead of doing business.
Congress needs to correct the 1099 provision in the Affordable Care Act now. This past Saturday you voted against a bill that included the elimination of the 1099 problem as well as other small business friendly measures. It’s time to put politics aside and get the job done now for small businesses. Please vote to rescind the 1099 provision of the ACA only.
You can also sign a petition sponsored by the Small Business Majority by clicking here.
Senate fails to do the same
Last week the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to keep the Bush-era tax cuts for 98% of Americans. Any income over $200,000 for an individual $250,000 for joint returns would not keep the tax cut set to expire December 31st. In this way, all tax payers continue to keep the reduced tax rate on their income up to those levels and Congress would cut deficit spending by $700 billion over ten years..
Saturday, the U.S. Senate could not reach the 60 votes needed to pass similar legislation. A compromise to raise the income threshold to $1 million was also not successful.
The South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce supports the House passed legislation. For more details on this position click here.
I oppose increasing deficit spending by $700 billion in order to extend tax cuts to the top two tax brackets. Very few hands-on small business owners fall into these tax brackets yet we all will share in the increased debt that won’t be used to generate new jobs.
The South Carolina Department of Insurance has requested a waiver from the U.S. Department of Health & and Human Services (HHS) on requiring health insurance companies to use 80% of premium for medical expenses or give refunds to policy holders. This request is only for individual policies.
The new Affordable Care Act set this 80% Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) for individual and small group coverage to give consumers more value for their premium dollars. The current MRL in South Carolina is only 55% meaning that 45 cents of every premium dollar goes to something other than medical care (such as profits, marketing, commissions, administration, etc.)
The South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce has sent a letter to HHS opposing this waiver. We encourage you to do the same.
Last week Frank Knapp, Jr., the president of The South Carolina Small Business Chamber, testified against a proposed change in the Workers’ Compensation regulations that would allow an insurance company to cancel a workers’ compensation policy after only 10 days notice of non-payment of premium. The current policy is 30 days notice. To read about the arguments made at the public hearing, click here.
In response to our Action Alert on this issue, a sizeable number of letters from small businesses were sent to the Workers’ Compensation Commission opposing the change. This grass roots lobbying was very effective. A decision by the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission on this request might come as early as December 13th.
The South Carolina Small Business Chamber of Commerce is supporting a Securities and Exchange Petition for Rulemaking filed by Sustainable Economies Law Center. The petition is to exempt securities offerings up to $100,000 with $100 maximum per investor from registration. Granting this exemption will be a great benefit to small businesses that have been shut out of the traditional lending process and give more funding opportunities for entrepreneurs and local businesses.
The next BuySC Micro Conference is scheduled for Tuesday January 11, 2011 from 6-8pm. Small Business Authority and writer for the Lexington Chronicle Jerry Bellune and 3 co-authors will be discussing their new book “Killer Secrets of Successful Entrepreneurs” at the Inn at USC (3rd Floor Gallery), 1619 Pendleton Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29201. The discussion will be followed by a book signing, networking with small business owners and delicious refreshments provided by our sponsors Edible Arrangements and Gervais and Vine.
Members may bring a guest for free, too!