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Why incorporate in Maryland?

Business Information & Rankings

  • Maryland ranked 4th on the State Technology and Science Index (Milken Institute, 2004).
  • Maryland ranked as the 2nd friendliest state for black businesses and 1st in the percentage of black-owned businesses in the general business population. (Black Money Worldwide, 2004)
  • Maryland has the 5th highest concentration of technology jobs nationwide, employing 78 of every 1,000 private sector workers (Cyberstates, 2005)

Cost of Living Index

For Baltimore, MD (2005):Index Score
Misc. Goods & Services:105.8

Crime Rate

Maryland has the 32nd lowest crime ranking in the U.S. (F.B.I., 2004)

Fees & Taxes

Business Inventory Tax
Business inventory is exempt.

Corporate Income Tax
Maryland’s corporate tax structure consists of a flat rate of 7% on all corporate income.

Personal Income Tax
Maryland’s personal income tax system consists of four separate brackets with a top rate of 4.75% starting at $3,000.

Personal Property Tax
Taxable. Maryland assesses an intangible property tax; however, most intangibles are exempt. Maryland is one of the 38 states that collect property taxes at both the state and local levels.

State Sales and Use Tax
Base Rate: 5.0%
Machinery Rate: None

There is a exemption for machinery or equipment, a replacement part of machinery or equipment, or a service for the assembly or fabrication of machinery or equipment or replacement part that is capitalized to claim depreciation, is not used in administration, management, sales, or any other non-operational activity, is used in a production activity, and is not installed so that it becomes real property.

Unemployment Insurance
Maryland’s new employers’ rate is 2.1% for 2 years.