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When considering whether or not to start a small business, there are several factors to keep in mind while determining where you would start your business. Fit Small Business compiled a 2018 ranking of all 50 states to determine the best states to start a small business, using the following categories:

  • Taxes – This includes corporate, sales, property tax, individual income, and unemployment insurance tax rates. The ranking demonstrates how much you can expect that your business would have to pay in taxes in the state ranked.
  • Labor Market – This category was assessed by including unemployment rates well as education levels (% of adults ages 25 to 34 who have attained at least a bachelor’s degree). This is meant to measure availability of desirable employees and the overall strength of this market in the state ranked.
  • Cost of Living – This includes costs of utilities, grocery, healthcare, housing, and transportation.
  • Quality of Life – This category is based on access to education, physical safety, and healthcare.
  • Cost to Start a Business – Using per capita income in the state ranked, this is meant to evaluate costs to staff your business as well as the per sq. ft/year cost to rent a commercial building.
  • Startup Activity – Meant to illustrate how likely new businesses are to succeed or fail in the state ranked, this represents the # and survivability of new businesses in that state.
  • Access to Capital – This assesses the likelihood of your business attaining startup capital by evaluating the size and # of small business loans granted and by measuring access to capital based on the availability and amount of venture capital funds.

Taking into account these factors, the survey ranked Louisiana 49th out of the 50 states, with each of the categories above ranked accordingly:

  • Taxes: 42 out of 50
  • Labor Market: 44 out of 50
  • Cost of Living: 19 out of 50
  • Quality of Life: 50 out of 50
  • Cost to Start a business: 37 out of 50
  • Startup Activity: 23 out of 50
  • Access to Capital: 48 out of 50

While Louisiana has higher costs of labor and lower accessibility to capital, they do have relatively low living costs. The Bayou State is home to the most famous Mardi Gras festival in New Orleans, the birthplace of American Jazz, and the leading producer of crayfish and shrimp. If Cajun food, marshlands, and the French Quarter catch your eye, Louisiana may be the right place for you and your new business!

Lousiana Department of Revenue
617 North Third Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
P  855-307-3893

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Louisiana Secretary of State
PO Box 94125
Baton Rouge, LA 70804
P  225-922-2880

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Small Business Advocacy
Louisiana District Office

365 Canal St. suite 2820
New Orleans, LA 70130
P  504-589-6685

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Business Filing Fees

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Tax Information

Tax Type
Rate / Fee
Due Date
Corporate Income Tax
Sales Tax
Due Date:
20th of the month following the reporting period
Property Tax
Due Date:
April 1
Unemployment Tax
1.18 - 2.94%
Due Date:
The end of the month following the end of each calendar quarter
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*(C-Corp & LLC only)
$30. +$5 fee to pay by credit card.
File an annual report every year by your registration anniversary. So if you incorporated on February 14th, then your annual report is due by February 14th.
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