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State-by-State Guide to Taxes on Retirees

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The Bottom Line
Map of Mississippi


One of Kiplinger's top ten most tax-friendly states for retirees, the Magnolia State offers a sweet income tax deal for retirees. It not only exempts Social Security benefits from state income taxes, but it also excludes all qualified retirement income. Remaining income is taxed at a maximum 5%. Mississippi is home to some of the cheapest property taxes in the nation. Residential property is taxed at 10% of its assessed value, and seniors qualify for a homestead exemption on the first $75,000 of value.

State Sales Tax

7%. Prescription drugs, residential utilities, motor fuel, newspapers, health care services, and payments made by Medicare and Medicaid are exempt. Many counties and cities impose convention and tourism taxes on lodging and restaurant receipts.

Income Tax Range

Low: 3% (on less than $5,000 of taxable income)

High: 5% (on more than $10,000 of taxable income)

Social Security

Benefits are not taxed.

Exemptions for Other Retirement Income

Qualified retirement income -- including income from IRAs, 401(k)s, 403(b)s, Keoghs, and qualified public and private pension plans -- is exempt from state income tax. (Early distributions are not considered retirement income and may be subject to tax.) Interest income from federal securities and obligations of Mississippi and its political subdivisions are all exempt. Railroad Retirement benefits are not taxed.

Property Taxes

Single-family residential property is taxed at 10% of its assessed value. The state offers a homestead exemption of up to $300 for all eligible taxpayers.

Median property tax on the state's median home value of $98,000 is $508, according to the Tax Foundation.

Tax breaks for seniors: For homeowners 65 and older or totally disabled, there is an exemption on the first $75,000 of value.

Inheritance and
Estate Taxes

There is no inheritance tax or estate tax.


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