Category Archives: Small Business

‘Circuit breaker’ won’t fix New York’s property tax problem

As printed in today’s Buffalo News… Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has rightfully focused on New York’s property tax burden since taking office. We were pleased to work in tandem with the administration in implementing both the highly touted property tax … Continue reading

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Spending Cap Will Ensure Tax Cuts Come To Fruition

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), which supports most of Governor Cuomo’s tax cut proposals, today said the best way to ensure their full implementation is to cap state spending increases at two percent. “The Governor’s budget assumes that … Continue reading

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Estate Tax Reform a Big Deal for NY’s Small Business Owners

Governor Cuomo included a tax cut package in his executive budget proposal unveiled in January as a nod to struggling businesses in New York State. The package includes several components that are similar to those in the NFIB/NY Legislative Agenda … Continue reading

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Why does NFIB oppose raising the minimum wage?

This is a question I often hear from people who don’t own small businesses and occasionally get from an entrepreneur who wonders why we take such a position. Sometimes they follow with another question: “Why don’t you want to help … Continue reading

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NFIB/NY Testifies on the State Budget

2014 Legislative Public Hearing on 2014-15 Executive Budget Proposal – Taxes  NFIB/NY State Director Michael Durant February 10, 2014 Good morning. First, let me thank you Senator DeFrancisco and other members of this joint committee, for allowing me to be … Continue reading

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Worker Misclassification: Increased Audits and Penalties in New York State

New York State employers should be vigilant about the proper classification of workers as employees or independent contractors on a go-forward basis. Although businesses already may be aware of the 2007 Questionable Employment Tax Practices (QETP) state-federal initiative to crackdown … Continue reading

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Employer Guides: NY’s Unemployment Insurance System

New York State recently made several changes to the Unemployment Insurance (UI) system as part of the Business Relief Act passed in the 2013-2014 State Budget. These changes will save employers approximately $400 million in total and will allow the … Continue reading

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NFIB/NY Responds to Governor Cuomo’s Budget Proposal

“New York’s small business owners are encouraged that the Governor’s Executive Budget proposal continues to promote fiscal responsibility and incorporates components of our small business agenda. “Governor Cuomo has rightfully focused on reducing New York’s sizable tax burden this year.  … Continue reading

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New Year, Important Changes for NY’s Small Businesses

  As the the calendar flipped to 2014, many important changes went into effect.  Is your small business up to date? Minimum Wage On December 31, 2013, the minimum wage in New York State increased to $8.00. For most employees, … Continue reading

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Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address – What Small Business Needs to Know

Yesterday, Governor Cuomo delivered his fourth State of the State address.  It was a panacea of  proposals covering the entire spectrum of public policy.  NFIB/NY’s response was generally positive and receptive to the tax and regulatory reform proposals, with some … Continue reading

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