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Memphis Business Journal quotes Scott Drenkard on Tennessee's tax climate
October 09, 2012
- Jane Donahoe
- Web and sections editor- Memphis Business Journal
- The Volunteer State ranks 14th on the Tax Foundation’s annual State Business Tax Climate Index.
- The index compares states in five areas of taxation that impact business: corporate taxes; individual income taxes; sales taxes; unemployment insurance taxes; and taxes on property, including residential and commercial property.
- Tennessee was boosted by both high scores in the corporate tax rank (eighth) and individual income tax rank (13th). Tennessee’s lack of a wages and salary tax clearly bolsters its position on the list. However its sales tax ranking, at 43rd, and its 48th-place finish in property tax brought the overall ranking a bit lower.
- Mississippi ranks 17th overall on the Tax Foundation’s 2012 index while Arkansas ranked 31st.
- “Even in our global economy, a state’s strongest and most immediate competition often comes from other states,” said Tax Foundation economist Scott Drenkard in a statement. “State lawmakers need to be aware of how their states’ business climates match up to their immediate neighbors and to other states in their region.”
- New Jersey was ranked the worst, while Wyoming was ranked the best.
- Click here for the full report.
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