As lawmakers try to strike a deal to avert the “fiscal cliff,” many small business owners have expressed concerns about the impact of potential changes to the tax code. In particular, their attention has been focused on the fate of the Bush-era cuts and several temporary tax breaks intended to benefit companies on Main Street.

But with the precipice less than a month away, some small employers say those tax discussions are overshadowing an even greater threat to their businesses – cuts to entitlement programs.

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