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

State-by-State Guide to Taxes on Retirees

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

At one time or another, pretty much everyone approaching retirement or early in retirement thinks about spending their golden years in a new location – often in a different state. Some retirees want to be closer to family, while others are just looking for warmer weather and more sunshine. But whatever reason you may have for moving from one state to another, make sure you check out the tax situation in any potential new location before packing your bags. That’s because the overall tax burden can vary widely from one state to another. In many cases, we’re talking about thousands of dollars between State A and State B (and don’t forget about local taxes, too).

To help with your pre-move research, click on any state in the map below for a detailed summary of state and local taxes on retirement income, real property, every-day purchases, and more. We’ll also point you to special state tax breaks for seniors. Then, below the map, link to more content about state taxes on retirees, including our picks for the 10 most tax-friendly and the 10 least tax-friendly states for retirees. (See our Tax Map for Middle-Class Families to see how states tax ordinary American families.)

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You can also see how selected states stack up on taxes that affect retirees. Hover over or click on any state in the map for the option to add the state to your compare list.

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State-by-State Guide to Taxes on Retirees

  • Most Tax-Friendly
  • Tax-Friendly
  • Mixed
  • Not Tax-Friendly
  • Least Tax-Friendly
New Jersey Rhode Island Delaware Washington, DC Maine New Hampshire Vermont Massachusetts Rhode Island Connecticut New York New York New Jersey Pennsylvania Delaware Washington, DC Maryland West Virginia Hawaii Alaska Virginia North Carolina South Carolina Georgia Ohio Indiana Michigan Michigan Kentucky Tennesee Florida Alabama Mississippi Illinois Wisconsin Louisiana Arkansas Missouri Iowa Oklahoma Kansas Texas Nebraska Minnesota New Mexico Colorado South Dakota North Dakota Arizona Utah Wyoming Montana Idaho Nevada California Oregon Washington Kiplinger Tax Map

SOURCES: State government websites, American Petroleum Institute, U.S. Census Bureau, and Tax Foundation.

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