Thanks to the government’s recent tax-filing extension, the tax deadline isn’t quite around the corner—but it’ll still arrive sooner rather than later. Whether you have or haven’t filed yet, we hope you’re in for a substantial return. But since tax laws vary drastically from state to state, the place you choose to set up shop can influence your business’s growth, success, and sustainability.
How? Well, for starters, seven of our top states lack a state income tax, and one, Tennessee, has just a 1% rate. Some, like Washington, are famous for their startup culture and tech friendliness; it’s practically a given that their tax laws would incentivize small-business owners. Other winners, like South Dakota and Montana, are rural states where the cost of living is low—and so is the cost of starting a business, which makes the area enticing to small-business owners, individuals, and families alike.
In contrast, our lowest-ranked states have notoriously high taxes and high costs of living, especially California and New York. The lack of tax deals might make them less appealing to business owners who are trying to make money, pay their employees, send in the rent check on time, and, you know, eat the occasional meal or two.
Of course, while location is crucial to your tax prospects, it isn’t the be-all and end-all of tax deals—or of business success. State business taxes often break down by industry, so you’ll want to do more research before planning your immediate move from Minnesota to Wyoming. Still, if tax deals are important to your business, give our top picks an extra look; a good tax bargain can nudge your business in the right direction.