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OECD SME and Entrepreneurship Outlook 2019

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The new OECD SME and Entrepreneurship Outlook presents the latest trends in performance of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and provides a comprehensive overview of business conditions and policy frameworks for SMEs and entrepreneurs.

This year’s edition provides comparative evidence on business dynamism, productivity growth, wage gaps and export trends by firm size across OECD countries and emerging economies. It explores the implications of digitalisation and globalisation for market conditions and SME access to strategic resources such as finance, skills, technology, data and other innovation assets. The report gives comparative analysis of regulatory frameworks and policies to enhance contributions by SMEs and entrepreneurs, and delivers a forward-looking perspective on the opportunities and challenges SMEs and entrepreneurs face in doing business and scaling up their activities. It also contains country profiles outlining the latest developments in national SME performance and business conditions, with expanded country profiles available on line.

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United States

US regulatory conditions are more business friendly than in most OECD countries, including lower administrative burdens on start-ups and an efficient insolvency regime that favours business dynamism. The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act allows deductions of up to 20% of qualified income from federal income taxes for small businesses depending on their legal structure. Measures for administrative streamlining were also put in place with Executive Order 13771, which instructs Federal agencies to provide a list of Regulatory Actions and estimate their Impacts on the economy. It also encourages to eliminate two Rules for each new Rule. In addition, the Environmental Protection Agency announced in 2018 its intentions to boost the 2015 eDisclosure programme by providing flexibility for new owners who self-disclose civil violations of environmental standards and tailored audit programs for Small Business Compliance.

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