State tax rates and rules for income, sales, property, estate, and other taxes that impact retirees. Go to Retiree Tax Map Washington Add to State Compare List | View List View State Compare List (0) selected | Compare up to 5 The Bottom Line Mixed Tax Picture The Evergreen State is one of seven states with no broad-based personal income tax. Therefore, retirees don't have to worry about paying taxes on their pensions, Social Security benefits or other retirement income, period.However, sales taxes in Washington are extremely high. At 9.23%, the state's combined state and local sales tax rate is the 4th-highest in the nation.Property taxes in Washington are more reasonable, though. In fact, the median property tax rate is very close to the national average. The state also offers two property tax relief programs just for seniors. Income Tax Range Washington has no state income tax. Taxation of Social Security Benefits Social Security benefits are not taxed by the state. Tax Breaks for Other Retirement Income Washington has no income tax. Sales Tax 6.5% state levy. Municipalities can add up to 4% to that, with the average combined rate at 9.23%, according to the Tax Foundation.Groceries: ExemptClothing: TaxableMotor Vehicles: Taxable (6.5% ordinary rate, plus additional 0.3% tax)Prescription Drugs: Exempt Real Property Taxes A property tax exemption program is available for people who are 61 or older by the year before the tax is due. The homeowners must have a combined disposable income below the county set limit (county limits range from $40,000 to $58,423). The amount of the property tax reduction is based on the applicant's income, value of the residence, and local levy rates.Seniors 60 or older who have disposable income below the county-based threshold may also qualify for the state's tax-deferral program (the thresholds range from $45,000 to $67,411). The program allows qualified seniors to defer property taxes or special assessments on their residence. The state pays the taxes on behalf of the homeowner and files a lien to indicate that the state has an interest in the property. The deferred taxes, plus 5% interest, must be repaid to the state when the owner passes away, sells or moves from the home. Annual Car Taxes and Fees An annual car registration fee based on a standard fee plus the car's weight is imposed. Additional local fees may apply. Estate and Inheritance Taxes An estate tax is imposed by Washington on estates exceeding $2.193 million (the exemption threshold is subject to adjustment each year for inflation). Tax rates range from 10% to 20%. The state offers an additional $2.5 million deduction for family-owned businesses valued at less than $6 million.