When it comes to taxes, Tennessee continues to be one of the most business-friendly states in the country, according to a Tax Foundation report released today.
Tennessee ranks 15th on the 2014 State Business Tax Climate Index, unchanged from a year ago.
The index reflects the tax climate of each state as of July 1, 2013.
The Volunteer State has a more business-friendly tax climate than all neighboring states and in the southeast region, only Florida ranks higher at No. 5.
Wyoming has the nation’s most business-friendly tax structure, followed by South Dakota, Nevada, Alaska, Florida, Washington , Montana, New Hampshire, Utah and Indiana.
The most unfriendly states for business taxes are mostly on the coasts and in the northeast. The bottom ten are Maryland, Connecticut, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Vermont, Rhode Island, Minnesota, California, New Jersey and New York.
The Tax Foundation evaluated five types of taxes — corporate, individual income, sales, unemployment insurance and property taxes.
Not surprsingly, Tennessee ranked best — No. 8 — in individual income tax and worst — No. 43 – in sales tax. Tennessee has one of the highest combined state and local sales tax rates in the country.
Tennessee’s tax climate gives it an edge over most other states in the business recruitment.
Here’s an excerpt from the report:
“It is important to remember that even in our global economy, states’ stiffest and most direct competition often comes from other states. The Department of Labor reports that most mass job relocations are from one U.S. state to another, rather than to a foreign location. … State lawmakers are right to be concerned about how their states rank in the global competition for jobs and capital, but they need to be more concerned with companies moving from Detroit, MI, to Dayton, OH, rather than from Detroit to New Delhi. This means that state lawmakers must be aware of how their states’ business climates match up to their immediate neighbors and to other states within their regions
Click here for the full Tax Foundation report.
Small business owners gave Tennessee good marks for supporting
small businesses in a new national survey.
Tennessee earned a B+ in the “Small Business Friendliness
Survey” released Tuesday by Thumbtack.com, a website that offers to connect
consumers and businesses.
“Tennessee ranked among the top states for its support of
small businesses,” Sander Daniels, co-founder of Thumbtack.com said in a news
release. “Our research points to the importance of clear and consistent
regulations in creating a friendly environment for entrepreneurs, and this is
exactly what Tennessee delivers.”
Workers of Tennessee, take the day off. You’ve earned it. While most of the country will work another two weeks or more to reach Tax Freedom Day, Tennessee workers passed that milestone on March 31, according to the Tax Foundation.
Tennessee has the lowest average tax burden in the country this year, the foundation says.
Tax Freedom Day represents how long it will take the average worker to earn enough money pay his or her total federal, state and local tax obligation for the year. For the nation as a whole, Tax Freedom Day this year comes on April 17.
Tennessee is in the bottom half of a new study that measures the tax burden businesses would face in each of the 50 states.
The Tax Foundation study released today ranks states based on the tax liability for both mature and new businesses. Tennessee is 29th in both categories, which means it has a heavier tax burden than most of the country.
“Corporate taxes on the state level rarely treat all comers equally, leading to sometimes dramatic disparities in the cost of doing business,” Tax Foundation president Scott Hodge said in a news release. “Tax preferences and incentive deals can distort the playing field based on how long a business has been operating, whether it’s a manufacturing or retail operation or whether it’s moved from another state to set up shop.”
In case you missed it, President Obama’s campaign to raise tax rates on the rich gained an interesting ally a few days ago – Ben Stein.
In an interview on CNN, the economist/ actor said he rarely agrees with the president’s policies, but raising taxes on millionaires is “totally fair and abosolutely necessary” to save the economy. In his State of the Union speech last week, Obama said millionaires should pay at least a 30 percent rate.
It’s fantasy to believe that the economy will fully recover without raising takes on the uber rich, Stein said.
The war of words between financial wizard Warren Buffett and Sen. Mitch McConnell is heating up. So far, the senator is losing. If McConnell wants to turn it around he needs to resurrect the shovel. (I’ll explain in a moment.)