Advocacy Report Explores Why a Firm Hires Its First Employee
Report gives three top policy directions to increase employment.
On behalf of the U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy, I am writing to express concerns regarding AT&T’s proposed special access tariff revisions, filed November 25, 2013, which would eliminate the availability of certain discounted long-term special access contracts with the carrier. Advocacy is greatly concerned that the changes will result in significant downstream cost increases for small business customers, including both small competitive local exchange carriers as well as end users. Additionally, Advocacy has persistent concerns regarding state of competition in the special access market, and its effect on small business customers.
Crossing the Employer Threshold: Determinants of Firms Hiring Their First Employee, a report by Robert W. Fairlie, analyzes the factors that lead new businesses without employees to hire their first employee; this is a significant aspect of small business job creation.
The Office of Advocacy (“Advocacy”) submits these comments on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (“FWS”) proposed rule, Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Proposed Endangered Status for Gunnison Sage-Grouse and Proposed Critical Habitat for Gunnison Sage-Grouse. Advocacy is concerned that FWS has improperly certified the proposed rule. Advocacy believes FWS should publish an Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (“IRFA”).
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Congratulations on your recent confirmation as Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. I would like to extend my best wishes as you assume leadership of an agency that is vitally important to our nation’s small businesses. Many of the issues the FCC will be confronting over the coming months are at the heart of the Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy’s mission to ensure that federal regulation preserves the ability of small businesses to compete and innovate in today’s economy.
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Two Sides to Internet Sales Tax
Report gives objective analysis for small businesses and policymakers.
The October-November issue of “The Small Business Advocate” features new data on veteran business owners that shows interesting demographic changes.
Advocacy report estimates the utilization of the largest federal tax expenditure provisions by small and large businesses in 2013.
As the popularity of online shopping has grown, states have seen their sales tax revenues drop. The Supreme Court has ruled that states cannot require a company to collect sales tax on transactions with their residents when the company has no physical presence in the state. Federal legislation has been introduced over the past several years to authorize online sales tax collection. With small business owners on both sides of the issue, the Office of Advocacy recognized the need for objective research for small businesses and policymakers. This report analyzes the number of firms that will be affected by the small seller exemption (SSE) if current legislation passes and how much e-commerce is likely to be affected.
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