So if you’re like millions of Americans, you own, work for, or are part of a small business. America has long been defined by a vibrant entrepreneurial excitement and stream of thought in its economic life. But just like with trusts, setting up a small business may be a matter of tax strategy. Which state will charge you the lowest formation and maintenance costs (e.g. setting up your corporation or LLC and maintaining the required filings)? What is the state’s business income tax? These factors and more are all important for the financially savvy small business owner or entrepreneur to consider.
Bloomberg Businessweek has this article exploring the tax benefits and costs of having a small business in various states. It’s crucial to remember that you don’t have to be a resident of a state to have a business or trust there. In fact, some of the best deals from a tax standpoint may be available outside of your home state. And other things, like friendliness of corporate law and sophistication of the business law courts can be important too. Consider that many large U.S. companies are incorporated in Delaware. Why? Because Delaware has long been considered the friendliest state to businesses in America and its Chancery Court has a long and distinguished history of providing protections to business owners and shareholders from various corporate lawsuits and liabilities.
So if you’re setting up a small business or trust, be smart about taxes! Call (913-707-9220) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we can explore the best place to start your small business or trust.
(c) 2012, Stephen M. Johnson, Esq.