Poll: Government Shutdown, Tax Reform and Top Risks to Small Business

New BizBuySell survey explores small business owner opinions on recent events, such as the U.S. government's most recent initiatives and overall outlook on the nation's economy.

San Francisco, CA - BizBuySell, the Internet's largest business-for-sale marketplace, surveyed over 1,000 small business owners to get their perspective on events such as the recent government shutdown, tax reform and border security.


Topic: Government Shutdown

Did the recent government shutdown impact your business?


(Of those impacted negatively) How did the shutdown hurt your business?


(Of those impacted negatively) Has your business recovered from the shutdown impact?


Topic: 2019 Taxes

Have you filed your business taxes this year?


(Of those that have filed taxes) Based on the new regulations of the “Tax Cuts & Jobs Act”, how did your business taxes change this year?


(Of those that have filed taxes) In retrospect, how do you believe the “Tax Cuts & Jobs Act” reforms have affected your small business?


(Of those women who have filed taxes) In retrospect, how do you believe the “Tax Cuts & Jobs Act” reforms have affected your small business?

  • Positively - 22%
  • Negatively - 28%
  • No Impact - 50%


(Of those men who have filed taxes) In retrospect, how do you believe the “Tax Cuts & Jobs Act” reforms have affected your small business?

  • Positively - 38%
  • Negatively - 17%
  • No Impact - 45%


(Of those who said the Act lowered their taxes) How much did your business taxes change compared to previous years?

  • 1-5%: 35%
  • 6-10%: 28%
  • 11-15%: 19%
  • 16-20%: 9%
  • More than 20%: 9%


(Of those who said the Act raised their taxes) How much did your business taxes change compared to previous years?


Topic: Risks to Business

What is the biggest external risk to your business in the next two years?


President Trump has proposed a 25 percent tariff on Chinese imports if a trade deal is not reached. If tariffs were to increase, how would that affect your business?


When do you think the U.S. will experience its next recession?


Which of these tactics is the highest priority for you when it comes to protecting your business from a recession?


Topic: Immigration Reform

Do you agree with President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the border?

Age Breakdown


(Of the surveyed women) Do you agree with President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the border?


(Of the surveyed men) Do you agree with President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the border?


How could stricter immigration policies affect your small business?


Topic: Data Security

Do you feel confident your business & customer data is properly protected against external threats?


How do you currently store business & customer data? (select all that apply)


Media Contact:

Bobby Chilver
Walker Sands Communications
office: (312) 546-4712
email: robert.chilver@walkersands.com


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