State-by-State Guide to Taxes on Retirees
Tool | December 2021

Indiana State Tax Guide for Retirees

State tax rates and rules for income, sales, property, estate, and other taxes that impact retirees.


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The Bottom Line
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Not Tax Friendly

High state income taxes on retirees are the driving force behind Indiana's poor tax rating. While the Hoosier State exempts Social Security benefits and offers a limited exemption for federal civil-service pensions, IRAs, 401(k) plans and private pensions are fully taxable. Keep in mind, too, that counties have the authority to levy their own income taxes on top of the state's flat tax (although the state rate is going down in 2023).

The state's sales and property taxes don't help the cause, either. They're both middle-of-the-road when compared to other states. Not bad, but not enough to counter the state's high income tax rates.

Income Tax Range

Indiana has a flat rate of 3.23% of state adjusted gross income after modifications. Counties also levy income taxes.

For 2023 and 2024, the state rate is reduced to 3.15%. If state revenues reach certain thresholds, the state rate will drop to 3.1% for 2025 and 2026, to either 3% or 3.1% for 2027 and 2028, and to either 2.9%, 3% or 3.1% after 2028.

Taxation of Social Security Benefits

Social Security benefits are not taxed by the state.

Tax Breaks for Other Retirement Income

Taxpayers age 62 and older can deduct up to $16,000 of income from a federal civil-service annuity (minus Social Security and Tier 1 Railroad Retirement benefits).

For the 2021 tax year, up to $6,250 of income from a military retirement plan, plus 75% of the amount received that exceeds $6,250, is exempt. All military retirement income is exempt starting in 2022.

Railroad Retirement benefits are also exempt.

Sales Tax

7% state levy. No local taxes.

Groceries: Exempt
Clothing: Taxable
Motor Vehicles: Taxable
Prescription Drugs: Exempt

Real Property Taxes

Homeowners 65 and older who earn $30,000 or less ($40,000 or less for a married couple) are eligible for a property tax deduction on property with an assessed value of $200,000 or less ($240,000 or less effective July 1, 2022). The amount of the deduction is the lesser of one-half of the assessed value of the property or $14,000.

The state also allows those 65 or older with an income under $30,000 ($40,000 for couples) to have increases in assessed value limited to 2% a year. This "circuit breaker" benefit is limited to properties with an assessed value below $200,000.

Annual Car Taxes and Fees

An annual vehicle excise tax based on a car's sticker price (MSRP) and age is imposed.

Estate and Inheritance Taxes

No estate or inheritance tax.