30 September 2016

Study Ranks States on Their Business Tax Climate

Study Ranks States on Their Business Tax Climate
By  Michael Cohn September 29, 2016 
The Tax Foundation has released its annual ranking of states and how competitive their business tax codes are.

The think tank’s 13th annual State Business Tax Climate Index examines over 100 different variables in five tax categories: corporate, individual income, sales, property, and unemployment insurance.

Wyoming again ranked in first place with the most competitive tax code in the U.S., while New Jersey kept its longstanding position at the bottom of the rankings.

This year’s most competitive states ranked in the following order:

1. Wyoming
2. South Dakota
3. Alaska
4. Florida
5. Nevada
6. Montana
7. New Hampshire
8. Indiana
9. Utah
10. Oregon

This year’s least competitive states include:

41. Louisiana
42. Maryland
43. Connecticut
44. Rhode Island
45. Ohio
46. Minnesota
47. Vermont and D.C.
48. California
49. New York
50. New Jersey

The study penalizes states if they have overly complex and burdensome tax codes for businesses and ranks them higher if their tax codes are neutral and do not distort business decisions. A state’s ranking can also depend upon reforms made in other states.