Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Sarasota Ranks 7th for Its Tax Policies

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Sarasota Ranks 7th for Its Tax Policies

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SMALL BUSINESS

SARASOTA -- Sarasota is the 7th most tax-friendly community for small businesses in the nation, according to a survey of 18,000 businesses by an online service that connects consumers with skilled professionals.

The only other Florida community on Thumbtack's top 10 list -- released on Tuesday -- was West Palm Beach.

The nation's tax-friendliest community was Grand Rapids, Michigan; followed by Manchester, New Hampshire; Dallas; Ann Arbor, Michigan; Durham, North Carolina; Houston; Sarasota; West Palm Beach; San Antonio; and Richmond, Virginia.

The survey asked small-business owners three multiple-choice questions: "How unfriendly or friendly is your state or local government with regard to the tax code and tax-related regulations? How difficult or easy is it to understand and file your business's taxes? …

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