Best and worst states for small business taxes

Best and worst states for small business taxes

New Yorkers and Californians are taxed heavily, while Texans and Floridians get off relatively easy.
May 05, 2010
By staff

Want to start up your own veterinary practice? Head to South Dakota, Texas, or Nevada to avoid heavy-handed taxation from Uncle Sam. That’s according to the Small Business and Entrepreneurship (SBE) Council, which has published a new study, “Business Tax Index 2010: Best to Worst State Tax Systems for Entrepreneurship and Small Business.”

The report combines 16 different tax measures into one score to compare all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Among the taxes included are income, capital gains, property, death/inheritance, unemployment, and various consumption-based taxes. Here are the results:

10 best state tax systems
1. South Dakota
2. Texas
3. Nevada
4. Wyoming
5. Washington
6. Florida
7. Alabama
8. Alaska
9. Ohio
10. Colorado

10 worst state tax systems
42. Massachusetts
43. Oregon
44. Vermont
45. Iowa
46. Maine
47. New York
48. California
49. Minnesota
50. New Jersey
51. District of Columbia

Click here to read the full report.