Happy Tax Day! How Did Freelancers (and GE) Fare?

Today's the day we make sure America can pay its teachers and pave its roads. That's how you think about it, right? Me too. This was the second year Freelancers Union built tax-specific resources pages to aggregate all the tips and resources we could find, not to mention...


4K of you are about to have Brad as your Councilman.

One of the candidates we were most active in promoting this past election is incoming councilman Brad Lander (D-39th).Running for a council seat that takes in Windsor Terrace, Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, Kensington, and Boro Park, Brad has over 4,000 members of Freelancers Union that will soon...


We're for Mayor Mike!

I’m originally from Chicago and I grew up hearing the phrase, “vote early and often”. Now that was usually said tongue-in-cheek, (unless we’re talking about a former Governor who has a fantastic head of hair), but I digress. In New York City this election season has offered voters...


Ding dong, the UBT is (almost) dead

Friday, July 10th 2009 will always be remembered as a big day in Freelancers Union history.

You may have gotten an email from Sara Horowitz, Freelancers Union Executive Director, on announcing that after a long month with no action, the New York State Senate finally passed our Unincorporated Business...


Is UBT victory near? Assembly passes bill to provide tax relief to NY freelancers

We are thisclose to victory in one of our biggest political campaigns ever!

This week, the New York State Assembly passed A8615, which would provide tax relief to 17,000 New York sole proprietors, LLCs, and partnerships that currently pay the Unincorporated Business Tax (UBT). Those unincorporated entities earning less...


City Council Supports Fair Taxation for Freelancers

This week, the New York City Council voted on a Home Rule Message to allow lawmakers in Albany to pass legislation that would help thousands of freelancers. The City Council voted in favor of a proposal that would exempt freelancers earning under $100,000 from having to pay the Unincorporated...


Freelance Politics: The Unincorporated Business Tax Campaign Heats Up

Freelancers might not know that something is happening right now in Albany to help 1099-ers make ends meet. Every year freelancers in New York pay millions to the Unincorporated Business Tax (UBT), paying over $162 million last year alone. If you’ve ever paid it, you know that with the...


Is independence an obstacle to political progress?

Is our sense of individualism as United States citizens interfering with our power to take collective action and fight for workers’ rights in these times of economic uncertainty? The Sunday Times article, “In America, Labor Has An Unusually Long Fuse,” contrasted the more militant, out-front protests of Europeans on the...


Word is Spreading about UBT – Have You Spoken Up?

Phones were ringing all day at Freelancers Union offices in Brooklyn when Mayor Bloomberg announced his proposal to cut taxes for freelancers. I take back what I said about an un-sexy issue: this one's got legs.

The news coverage points out that not only is the UBT generally unfair...


Tax Cut for NY Freelancers?

We are just bursting at the seams with good news these days! Okay, or at least steps-toward-good news. There’s still a recession, two wars, etc., etc.

Mayor Bloomberg gave his State of the City (New York, that is) address this morning, and he proposed ending or reducing the unincorporated...


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