Best and Worst States for Business by Tax Laws [INFOGRAPHIC]

So many variables play into determining where to set up shop for a small business, and how favorable local government is to business surely warrants consideration.

In this infographic, we break down the best and worst states to do business in based on the Tax Foundation’s 2011 Business Tax Climate Index. Of course, many, many other factors serve important roles in influencing the location for a small business (e.g. population density, local culture, climate, etc.), so while tax law draws attention, it’s certainly not the deciding factor. Let’s take a closer look. Click the infographic for an enlarged view.

Infographic by Column Five.

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About Monica Appelbe

Monica Appelbe is a member of Intuit’s Small Business communications team. A Pittsburgh native, her favorite hometown restaurants are family-owned small businesses.
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6 comments
Janice Anderson
Janice Anderson

How current is the info provided? What resources were used to gather it? There seem to be some discrepencies. Where's Texas in the mix? They have one of the hottest economies for job growth right now.

A B C
A B C

How accurate are your numbers? California sales tax is not 2.9%

RandallSPQR
RandallSPQR

This makes no sense.NJ has the same tax rates as SD (1) and WY (3), but is ranked 48??!! Whereas, Alaska is ranked #2, yet it lost 3% of it's businesses.I don't care how low the state tax rates are in SD, AK, and WY are not knowledge centers with a large population of high-value workers. Sometimes you get what you pay for.

VaBeachKevin
VaBeachKevin

Why is Virginia highlighted at the top but never mentioned any where else in the graphic?

Bryan
Bryan

The #1 state for profit growth reads "Delaware", but has an image of Vermont.

Jane Whitlock
Jane Whitlock

Great info! Thanks for putting this together.Are you aware that your state graphic for North Carolina, #41, is actually Virginia?