Senate Again Fails to Repeal 1099 Requirements

Michael Cohn reports in Accounting Today that the US Senate voted Monday evening on a competing pair of amendments to repeal the expanded 1099 information reporting requirements that were included in the health care reform bill, but failed for the second time this fall to roll back the controversial requirements.

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Urge Your Senator to OPPOSE the Paycheck Fairness Act!

Despite the November 2nd elections, Majority Leader Harry Reid continues to push anti-business legislation through the 111th Congress. Sometime this week, the Lame Duck Session of Congress – the Senate will vote on a bill which will affect ALL franchisees – the Paycheck Fairness Act. Take Action Now!

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Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Owners Mass PAC Brews Legislative Education and Advocacy

In just eight months, the Dunkin’ Donuts Franchise Owners Massachusetts Political Action Committee (DDFO MassPAC) has already reached its year-one goals and has become the model for other states and even a nationwide PAC. At DDFO MassPAC’s first Annual Meeting on October 13 in Boston’s Beacon Hill, this remarkable progress was acknowledged and celebrated, albeit with an eye on the work still to be done.

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Dems Get No Love From Small Business

Kent Bernhard, Jr. at Portfolio.com reports that grumpy is the word that sums up the mood of small-business owners going into the midterm elections. And that’s not a good sign for the ruling Democrats. A survey released this morning, and one released yesterday, show a sour mood abroad about the economy and the government’s efforts to improve it.

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Small Businesses Losing Out to Red Tape

Chip Mellor and Dana Berliner report at USA Today that in an economic climate with few jobs and cutbacks on basic city services such as police protection and firefighting, you would think cities and states would be overjoyed when someone was willing to open up a new business, bringing with him jobs, economic vitality and tax revenues. You might think that, but you’d be wrong.

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Steve Caldeira, President of the IFA to Speak to the New England Franchise Association

International Franchise Association (IFA) CEO Stephen J. Caldeira will speak to New England Franchise Association (NEFA) on Tuesday, November 9th at the Marriott Hotel, 2345 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton. Caldeira is the new President and CEO of the (IFA), the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. He started his new position as IFA President on June 15th, 2010. Caldeira has New England ties and was most recently director of Global Communications for Dunkin Brands.

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Legislative Updates – Federal

After working to pass a Continuing Resolution (“CR”) to temporarily fund the government through December 3, Congress headed home to work on their re-election campaigns. When they return on November 15th, they will have three weeks to pass the entire 2011 budget or be forced to pass another CR in order to keep the government open. DDIFO Members Content

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Small Businesses Closely Watching Tax Cut Debate

David KLightman writes in McClatchy Newspapers that Lonny and Robin Kocina started their business in the laundry room of their house more than 20 years ago, and they now employ about 45 people. However, they worry that Washington lawmakers are about to stifle their effort to keep their business growing. House Minority Leader John Boehner said Sunday he is willing to back tax cuts only for the middle class if that’s the only option he’s got – though he emphasized it would be “bad policy,” and that he wants Bush-era cuts extended for everyone.

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Action Alert: Revoke the Expanded 1099 Reporting Requirements!

In the midst of the health care reform debate, a small provision—just a few lines in length—was added to the 2,400+ page document and went essentially unnoticed upon passage. This provision, which radically alters 1099 reporting, will place a substantial burden on companies and small businesses, in particular. E-mail your Members of Congress today and…

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Snow Removal Required

Denise Lavoie of THE ASSOCIATED PRESS reports in the Worcester Telegram that property owners may be held liable for snow-related injuries whether the accumulations are caused by Mother Nature or by snowplows, the state’s highest court ruled yesterday in a far-reaching decision that lawyers said could result in a wave of personal injury lawsuits.

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