Your location matters
At least for state tax purposes, your location is important. See how your location stacks up by downloading the a report from the Tax Foundation and KPMPG entitled Location Matters: the State Tax Cost of Doing Business. The report contains corporate tax rates, unemployment insurance information, and tax incentives for new businesses. It shows different effective tax rates for different industries (e.g., 30 % for new retail operations, 11.4% for R&D centers, 9.2% for mature labor-intensive manufacturers).