States That Tax Social Security Benefits in 2024

Not all retirees who live in states that tax Social Security benefits have to pay state income taxes. Will your benefits be taxed?

US coins inside a glass jar that reads "Retirement," surrounded by a Social Security Card
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It’s becoming less common for states to tax Social Security benefits, but nine states still do (down from eleven last year). However, the tax treatment of Social Security retirement income can vary drastically from state to state. That’s mainly because many of these states won’t tax your Social Security if you meet specific income guidelines, and some states have more generous guidelines than others. 

So, here’s how all nine states tax Social Security retirement income.

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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.