By Kelly Phillips Erb, Forbes.com
When it comes to tax, everyone has an opinion about what’s best for small businesses.
President Obama has told us what small businesses want.
Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has told us what small businesses want.
Congress has told us what small businesses want.
But small businesses haven’t really told us what they want. I suspect it’s because no one has bothered to ask. So I did.
I recently asked small business owners across the country to chime in on tax and economic policy. I wanted them to truly represent American small businesses so I focused on owners from different industries and varying locations. I also wanted them to have similarities: each has employees (ranging from 3 to 100) and their companies grossed at least $250,000 last year (the magical “Joe the Plumber” number that most politicians pin their tax rhetoric on).