Get Started: Survey adds up the cost of regulations

Small Business


Small business owners find tax-related regulations the most burdensome, followed by those about health care as well as payroll and employee compensation, according to a survey released by the National Small Business Association advocacy group.

Half the owners surveyed said they spent more than $5,000 in direct costs on federal regulations, for example, making changes to comply with workplace rules or paying attorney’s fees. Nearly half said they had more than $5,000 in indirect costs such as time taken away from other aspects of running their companies.

Forty-four percent said they spent more than 40 hours a year dealing with federal regulations alone, and nearly 30 percent said they spent more than 40 hours a year on state and local regulations.

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Nearly 60 percent of owners said federal regulations were the most burdensome, more so than state and local regulations. Nearly a third of the owners said the IRS was the most difficult federal or state agency to deal with in terms of the regulatory burden and help they got in complying.

The survey, which questioned 1,000 small business owners, was conducted from late November through early January.


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