- Texas is business-friendly, offering tax breaks and incentives.
- Companies relocating to Texas must consider their total tax footprint.
- Incentives from local governments are available for all sized businesses.
Tax Experts Share Some Important Tips and Considerations for Businesses Looking to Relocate
Relocating a business is a complex move but something that can be very beneficial to a company. One state where they are flocking is Texas, named the “Best State for Business” by Chief Executive Magazine. What are the implications, tax-wise, for such a move?
Avila described why Texas is so attractive to business. “There are several tax benefits, the cost of living is less and there’s a strong labor force by having the major metropolitan areas of Dallas, Houston and Austin. The infrastructure is great, and there’s land available to develop,” he said. “With less regulation, it’s easier for businesses to get things done here.”
While tax breaks are the most quantifiable, that doesn’t mean companies in Texas don't pay income taxes.
“There’s a misconception that, if you move to Texas, you won’t pay income taxes. You’ll still pay taxes in the other states you operate, and there’s the franchise tax, which is an income-based tax,” Jackson said. “However, there is an opportunity to lower your total tax footprint by relocating.”
Companies seeking to move to a new state often get incentives from the local level, and they aren’t just for large companies like Tesla or HP.
“There are lots of tax incentives available like abating property tax, but you need to determine if that benefits you. It wouldn’t if you don’t have large real estate assets. That’s why I counsel clients to have these discussions first before moving,” Jackson said.