U.S. presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talks to small business owners, including Brendan Comito COO of Capital City Fruit as she campaigns for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination at Capital City Fruit in Norfolk

Clinton pledges help for small businesses at last stop on Iowa tour

U.S. presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talks to small business owners, including Brendan Comito COO of Capital City Fruit as she campaigns for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination at Capital City Fruit in NorfolkBy Amanda Becker NORWALK, Iowa (Reuters) – Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton promised on Wednesday to help small businesses, saying U.S. tax rules were skewed in favor of big corporations and made it time consuming and costly for small employers to navigate the tax code. On the second day of her campaign rollout in Iowa, which holds the first nominating contest in early 2016, Clinton told small business owners she wanted to make it easier for them to get loans and cut through regulatory red tape. “I want my campaign to figure out how we’re going to jump-start small businesses,” she said at a roundtable with small business owners held at a family-owned fruit distributor in Norwalk, Iowa, just outside Des Moines. The complex U.S. tax code is often more easily exploited by large multinational corporations, which can take advantage of tax loopholes and find the best tax lawyers and accountants to find them.

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