During and immediately following the recent recession, Congress has considered new tax breaks for equity investment in small businesses, changing the tax rates applicable to fund managers’ compensation. The President has signed into law a far-reaching overhaul of financial system regulation. The Securities and Exchange Commission has promulgated new rules restricting campaign contributions by private fund advisors that manage state funds. In addition to policy initiatives, CDVCA keeps its members informed on federal policy issues that have the potential to affect a fund’s operations.
The JOBS Act makes it easier for small startups to raise capital, with its most notable feature being the allowance of crowdfunding.
- White House launches “Startup America” Initiative, which would permanently eliminate capital gains taxes on small business investments.
The Obama administration has recognized the importance that startups have in the creation of new jobs and has made initiatives that expand access to capital, entrepreneurship education, and strengthened commercialization of federally-funded research.