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Delaware State Taxes

Delaware Income Tax

State Taxes at a Glance – Delware

Type of Tax2022
Individual Rates2.20% to 6.60%
Corporate / Business Tax Rates8.70%
Gross Receipts TaxYes
Sales TaxNone
Property Taxes0.59% as a percentage of primary home
Estate or Inheritance TaxNone

State Income Taxes in Delaware

The state of Delaware has individual income tax. Like most states with income tax, it is calculated on a marginal scale whose range is from 2.2% to 6.6% for 2021. Delaware State Tax rates are broken down as follows:

  • 2.20% > $2,000
  • 3.90% > $5,000
  • 4.80% > $10,000
  • 5.20% > $20,000
  • 5.55% > $25,000
  • 6.60% > $60,000

Additionally, the City of Wilmington has an additional tax called the Wilmington Earned Income Tax (or City Wage Tax.) It’s a Gross Wages tax of 1.25% on wages and salaries.

State Business Tax & Gross Receipts Tax in Delaware

The state of Delaware has a flat Corporate Tax rate of 8.7% on all income. In addition to the Corporate Tax, the state of Delaware also imposes a Gross Receipts tax called Manufacturers’ and Merchants’ License Tax. This tax is broken down into two parts – a fee and a tax.

The average annual fee is $75 per location (even though some are as high ass $200 per year). The tax rates are between 0.0945% to 1.9914% depending on your business. Certain industries have an exclusion (for instance if you’re an Advertising Agency, your first $100,000 is excluded from tax). Payments are due monthly or quarterly, depending on your industry.

Here is a link to the the list of industries and tax rates.

Court of Chancery – why businesses thrive in Delaware

Delaware is one of the strongest states in the union to open a Corporation. This is due many factors, most predominantly because it has a Court of Chancery. This allows business disputes to be based on case law and not a jury. The Chancery Court in Delaware spells out what business can and can’t do, regarding modern business laws. Many high profile companies have had their cases heard in the Court of Chancery (e.g. Disney, Microsoft, Yahoo, etc.) 

Delaware Business Entities and Franchise Tax

This brings us to the Franchise Tax. Since Delaware is so preferable for corporate entities, the state has decided to impose an annual business license fee (called the Franchise Tax) that is based on the authorized shares of the corporate entity. Here are some important factors –

  • When you register with the state, you pay a one-time fee of $90
  • If your entity is an LLC (i.e. no authorized shares) you pay $300
  • If your entity is a corporation, your Franchise Tas is based on the number of outstanding shares or value of your assets. The tax rate for 2022 is 0.04% up to a maximum of $200,000
  • Secretary of State of Delaware website – click here

Sales and Property Taxes in Delaware

Sales Tax – Delaware is one of 5 states that does not have sales tax (the others being AlaskaMontanaNew Hampshire, and Oregon.)

Property Taxes in Delaware – the average property tax rate for residential property in the state of Delaware is 0.59%, making it a very preferable place to own property.

Delaware DMV Registration Fees

It typically costs $40 to $70 to register your automobile in the state of Delaware. Your registration is not based on the value of your automobile. hence, it’s not a tax, but a fee and therefore not deductible on your personal income tax return.

Here is a link to the Delaware DMV website so you may calculate your fees.

Delaware Domicile

Delaware’s presumption is that it’s your permanent place of abode (domicile) if you’ve lived there for over 183 days during the taxable year.

State Tax on Social Security Benefits

Even though Delaware has state income tax, they do not assess taxes on Social Security Benefits.

Payroll Taxes in Delaware

Unemployment taxes usually consist of three factors. They are the wage base, range of rates, number of schedules. Below is an outline of the three:

  • Wage Base – Delaware has a wage base of $16,500
  • UI Rates – range from 0.30% to 8.20%
  • Schedules – Delaware has only one schedule regarding UI rates

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