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13 States That Tax Social Security Benefits

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Are Social Security benefits taxable? You better believe it. Uncle Sam taxes up to 85% of your benefits, depending on your income, and several states tack on a state tax of their own. West Virginia, for one, treats Social Security benefits the same way as the feds. Other states tax Social Security benefits only if income exceeds a state-specified threshold. For example, Connecticut taxes Social Security benefits if your income tops $50,000, or $60,000 if you’re married and file taxes jointly.

A tax on Social Security doesn’t necessarily make a state unsuitable for retirement. North Dakota, one of the 13 states that taxes Social Security, actually ranks as a very tax-friendly state for retirees. Weigh all state taxes when researching the best places to retire. For each state, we’ve included a link to our full guide to state taxes on retirees. Take a look at the 13 states that tax Social Security benefits.

SEE ALSO: How All 50 States Tax Retirees

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Kiplinger’s state-by-state guide to taxes on retirees is updated annually based on information from state tax departments, Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting and the Tax Foundation. All data are for the 2018 tax year unless otherwise noted.

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