The small business community, including self-employed and micro-businesses, welcomed a major benefit this tax year: a new, streamlined IRS home office standardized deduction.
Just as women face challenges at leading companies and within its ranks, the situation is strikingly similar among the small business community. Again, women are a growing and dominant group among the self-employed, but encounter challenges in opening and growing their own small business.
The addition of this new health care tax will add to the operating costs of the small business community in Washington, D.C. It's not unreasonable to assume that this new tax on health insurance carriers is going to be passed along to the individual policyholder's premium costs.
The bottom-line: America's small business community continues to play on an unfair and unequal field when contrasted with their corporate counterparts.
Our nation's smallest businesses -- the self-employed and micro-businesses -- represent the heart and soul of America's middle class. Yet, America's small businesses face critical challenges that prevent them from opening, growing and expanding.
America's self-employed and micro business owners are hard-working individuals who put their blood, sweat and tears into their work. All they want to do is be successful. Congress, the Administration and state governments should do everything in their power to help them achieve success.
If the President and Congress are really serious about ensuring a fair tax code, they'll take action on the tax and other policy changes that level the playing field for the foundation of the American economy: the self-employed.