circle-bike-rackBusiness Tax Overview

Indiana is nationally recognized as a low tax state for business, ranking 8th nationally in the Tax Foundation’s 2015 Business Tax Climate Index (Oct. 2014).  Our total state and local business tax burden as a percentage of Gross State Product is recognized as one of the lowest in the country. We have no gross receipts tax and no inventory tax. We have also capped business property taxes at 3 percent of assessed value. Indiana has been ranked as having the best business tax climate in the industrial Midwest for the past seven years by the Tax Foundation.

Corporate Income Tax

Indiana’s corporate income tax is reducing from 8.0% to 6.5%, a reduction of nearly 25%. The tax rate is dropping by 0.5% per year until 2015 as the decrease is phased-in. Adjusted gross income is a company’s federal adjusted gross income with certain adjustments. This method of determination simplifies tax calculations for corporations and does not apply to S corporations and not-for-profit organizations.

Single-Sales Factor

To determine Indiana’s share of an interstate or international corporation’s taxable income, a company’s adjusted gross income is apportioned based upon a single-sales factor with Indiana’s portion based solely on the portion of the company’s sales in Indiana.  Adjusted gross income is a company’s federal adjusted gross income with certain adjustments.  This method of determination simplifies tax calculations for corporations and does not apply to S Corporations and not-for-profit organizations.

Sales and Use Tax Exceptions

Indiana’s Sales and Use Tax is tax is calculated at a rate of 7 percent. In manufacturing, the following are exempt from the sales tax: raw materials, equipment, power, electricity, and utilities. Wholesale sales, items used directly in production, and sales made in interstate commerce are exempt. In addition, the purchase of research and development equipment is exempt from the tax.

Property Tax

Real and personal property tax is assessed at 100 percent of market value, with certain deductions &/or exemptions available. Property tax rates in Indiana vary among local jurisdictions, but are effectively capped at 3.0% for business property pursuant to state law.  The average rate for all of Bartholomew County (including incorporated and unincorporated areas) is 2.1359% with an average rate of 2.6964% within the City of Columbus.

Indiana’s personal income tax is 3.4 percent of federal adjusted gross income (with certain exemptions and deductions).  Local counties can also adopt county option and/or county economic development income taxes, up to a combined rate of 1.25%.

Cost Comparison

We understand that it can be difficult to make an “apples to apples” comparison when it comes to evaluating costs of doing business between different states.  Our colleagues at the Indiana Economic Development Corporation have kindly provided us with the following state-by-state comparison sheets.  If you would like information on a state that is not listed, please contact us.

Download the following comparisons (PDF):

Business Cost Comparison: Indiana vs. California

Business Cost Comparison : Indiana vs. Illinois

Business Cost Comparison: Indiana vs. Kentucky

Business Cost Comparison: Indiana vs. Michigan

Business Cost Comparison: Indiana vs. New York

Business Cost Comparison: Indiana vs. Tennessee

Business Cost Comparison: Indiana vs. North Carolina

Business Cost Comparison: Indiana vs. Ohio

Business Cost Comparisons: Midwest