Let this serve as a periodic reminder that Delaware state government is unique — strange, even.
Corporate fees from companies that use Delaware as their legal home “make up 25 to 30 percent of our tax base,” making it possible for Delaware to avoid imposing a retail sales tax — unlike Pennsylvania, New Jersey, or Maryland. (Delaware, like Philadelphia, does impose a gross-receipts tax on retailers — a sales tax consumers don’t see when they patronize stores in “the Home of Tax-Free Shopping.”) Most of the state also lacks municipal government, and school districts are regional, not town-based, which helps keep property taxes a fraction of what owners pay in suburban Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
This other bit is good, too, but you should really read the whole thing:
Delaware has more corporations, partnerships, subsidiaries, and other business entities (more than a million) than people (it’s about as populous as Montgomery County or Northeast Philadelphia). Most are “foreign” corporations — companies actually based in other states, or countries. They incorporate under Delaware law so they can send finance and ownership disputes to its business-friendly, precedent-setting Court of Chancery, to take advantage of its intellectual-property income-tax exemptions, and to use other pro-corporate laws routinely updated by a business-friendly legislature, even under the currently dominant Democrats.
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