On February 10, 2021, Small Business Majority submitted testimony in support of SB 58, which would create a state earned income tax credit (EITC) providing a much-needed boost to the state’s small business community.
Today, Small Business Majority submitted remarks to the House Committee on Finance during the Virginia Regular Session support SB 1146, which would provide up to $50,000 in deductions related to the Rebuild Virginia Grants and up to $50,000 for forgiven PPP loans. SB 1146 would create parity in how PPP funds are treated at both the federal and state level and would allow small businesses not to incur more debt during the pandemic.
Small Business Majority submitted written testimony during Virginia's General Session in support of HB 1787, which would establish an state income tax exclusion for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) borrowers. Small Business Majority called on the House Committee on Finance to support the legislation as it would help small buisnesses by creating parity in how PPP funds are treated at the federal and state level.
Today, Small Business Majority submitted a letter of support for Amendment Item 4-14 #5-H, Tax Credit for PPE Purchased by Small Business and Other Organizations. This would create a tax credit for the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE) by small businesses, sole proprietors and other eligible organizations. The amendment also specifies that the credit is meant to include women-owned and minority-owned businesses, as these are groups that are often left behind by the tax code.
Small Business Majority released its agenda today for Virginia's Entrepreneurs ahead of the 2020 Special Session, which begins on Tuesday, August 18th. The agenda calls for key policy solutions to support small businesses in the state including access to responsible small busuiness lending and expanding healthcare access and affordability.
As cases of COVID-19 continue to rise throughout the country, so does its impact on our economy. From stock market dips to decreased foot traffic in thriving neighborhoods, it's vital that our federal and state officials enact short and long-term policies that will offset these effects, particularly for our small business community, whose success is critical to our nation's economic health. Focusing on key policy issues will help support America's job creators.
Small Business Majority submitted a letter of support to the House Committee on Finance on HB 1109, corporate income tax; combined reporting requirements; disclosures. Currently, many multi-state corporations are able to take advantage of accounting measures to reduce their state tax bills by shifting their profits to a state that tax it at lower rates, giving them an unfair advantage over small businesses. HB 1109 would level the playing field for small businesses in Virginia that are unable to use loopholes to lower their tax bills.
Small Business Majority submitted a letter of support to the House Finance Committee on HB 1435, a refundable earned income tax credit for low-income taxpayers. This bill would support entrepreneurs, as well as many low-wage small business employees, by allowing low-income individuals to claim more money. This would put money back into their pockets and help grow their businesses, as well as their customers and local economies.
Policymakers at all levels, from town councils to the halls of Capitol Hill, emphasize the challenges of small businesses as a key talking point during political debates. But new opinion polling in four states—Illinois, Missouri, Virginia and Wisconsin—reveals small businesses feel their government officials don’t actually understand their challenges, and they support a wide array of policies to address their needs, some of which might come as a surprise to their elected officials.
Lawmakers dodged an economic bullet at the end of 2012 when they came to an 11th hour agreement on the highly publicized “fiscal cliff” issue. Not two months later, policymakers have yet another obstacle in their path that could have dire consequences for small business and the economy: what’s known in D.C. parlance as “sequestration.” The sequester is a host of automatic spending cuts set to begin March 1 because lawmakers haven’t agreed on a deal to reduce the deficit by their self-imposed deadline.