Updated Saturday, April 19, 2014 as of 3:01 AM ET
Congress Examines Tax Complexity for Small Businesses
The House Committee on Small Business held a hearing to discuss the biggest tax problems for small businesses.
“If you talk with small business owners often, as members of the committee do, you know that individually they may be affected by one particular part of the tax law or another,” said committee chairman Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo. “But taken together, small business owners consistently tell us that they are impacted by higher taxes, new taxes, increasing tax code complexity, uncertainty and the additional time required to resolve issues with the Internal Revenue Service. All of this means they have little ability to plan with confidence, and less time to grow their companies.”   more »
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