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Important Tax Facts: The State of New Jersey is the worst state in the union for taxes. It has a Corporate tax rate of 10.50%, Individual tax rate of 10.75%, and the highest property taxes in the country. Additionally, it is also one of the few states that also has an inheritance tax. Read more below.

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State Income Tax

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10.50%

Cost of Setting Up A Business

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HIGH

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6.60%

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Sales Tax

State Income Taxes in New Jersey

The state of New Jersey does have an individual income tax. Like most states with income tax, it is calculated on a marginal scale, with seven (7) tax brackets. They range from 1.70% to 10.75%. The highest bracket of 10.75% starts for income greater than $5 Million.

Newark Local income tax – If you live or work in the City of Newark, the is an additional local income tax imposed on you through a Payroll Tax of 1.00%

State Business Taxes in New Jersey

The state of New Jersey has a Corporate Tax rate with four (4) tax brackets. They range from 6.50% to 10.50%. The highest tax bracket starts at income over $1 Million.  Corporate Tax is only assessed on C Corporation. Other flow-thru entities, such as S-Corps, LLCs and LLPs are not subject to the Corporate Tax, rather they are subject to the individual owner’s individual income tax.

State and Local Sales Taxes in New Jersey

Like many states, New Jersey has multiple tax rates. One at the state level and another at the local level. The state rate is 6.63% the average local rate is -0.03%* (total average rate for New Jersey Sales Tax is 6.60%). 

Note* that some jurisdictions are not subject to a state rate, and instead collect a higher local rate of 3.30%, bringing the average local rate to be negative.

Property Taxes in New Jersey

The average property tax rate for residential property in the state of New Jersey is 2.21%, which is the highest in the union as far as Property Tax as a Percent of a taxpayer’s main home.

Inheritance Taxes in New Jersey

New Jersey is one of only six (6) states that has an inheritance tax. Depending on the type (or class) of beneficiary, you could be assessed inheritance tax. A few important points: 

  • The first $1,000,000 is exempt from tax. 
  • If you are a direct beneficiary (spouse, parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, etc.) or a charity you will owe no tax. 
  • However, some beneficiaries (e.g. brothers, sisters, etc.) may be subject to the tax. 
  • If you are subject to the tax, it can range from 11% – 16% depending on your class. 
 

Learn more about New Jersey’s inheritance taxes in the links below:

New Jersey Inheritance

New Jersey Inheritance Classes

State Payroll taxes in New Jersey

Payroll (Unemployment Insurance) taxes are paid by business on the behalf of their employees to fund unemployment insurance to the state. It consists of multiple factors. Below is an outline of the most common ones in New Jersey –

  • Wage Base – New Jersey’s wage base is $35,300 (which is high)
  • New Employers – UI Contribution Tax is 2.68% for all new employers.
  • Disability and Workforce Fund – New employers must also fund DI and WF Funds for an additional 0.62%
  • UI Rates – range from 0.40% to 5.40%

New Jersey Business Entities - LLCs

New Jersey has an average cost of opening an LLC. Here are some important facts:

  • New Jersey’s annual LLC fee is $75 a year
  • When you register with the state, you pay a one time fee of $125
  • Secretary of State of New Jersey – click here
  • If you would like help setting up your LLC, we recommend using IncFile.com. They are simple and easy to use.

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