Taxes on Retirees: A State by State Guide

See how each state treats retirees when it comes to income, sales, property and other taxes.

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There are several factors to consider when deciding where to relocate once you retire, and state tax on retirees is probably one of them. After all, taxes don’t stop once you leave the workforce, and high-tax states can drain retirement savings faster than states with lower taxes.  Additionally, overall tax burdens can vary significantly from one state to another. That’s why Kiplinger created this state-by-state guide to taxes in retirement. 

The interactive map below highlights the most and least tax-friendly states for retirees. You can also use the map to navigate to our state tax guides which include detailed information about income, sales, property, gasoline, estate and other taxes that impact retirees in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. This information may help you compare taxes for retirees by state.

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Tax map sources: Data for state tax guides is gathered from several sources including the U.S Census Bureau, state government websites, the Sales Tax Handbook, and the Tax Foundation. Property taxes are cited as a rate percentage rather than the assessed value.

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Katelyn Washington
Former Tax Writer

Katelyn has more than 6 years of experience working in tax and finance. While she specialized in tax content while working at Kiplinger from 2023 to 2024, Katelyn has also written for digital publications on topics including insurance, retirement, and financial planning and had financial advice commissioned by national print publications. She believes knowledge is the key to success and enjoys providing content that educates and informs.