One point of contention in the North Carolina tax reform debate has been the fate of one particular tax expenditure—the uncapped sales tax refund for nonprofits. The refund applies to "sales of taxable tangible personal...
- Monday Map: State Tax Incentives for Business
Monday Map: State Tax Incentives for Business
Today's map looks at three tax credits for businesses: job creation, research and development, and investment. States often use such tax incentives to encourage businesses to move in, though these methods tend to be distortionary and favor certain types of businesses over others. (People are occasionally surprised to learn that our State Business Tax Climate Index penalizes states for having tax incentives. Our view is that it's more efficient and neutral to tax everyone equally - tax incentives are a way to disguise government subsidies as deferred revenue. A better method to encourage businesses to move in is to lower tax rates across the board.)
The map is below. Many states offer all three types of incentives, while two (Alaska and Michigan) offer none.
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Previous Monday Maps are available here.
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