New Hampshire State Tax Guide

State tax rates and rules for income, sales, property, fuel, cigarette, and other taxes that impact New Hampshire residents.

Bottom Line

Middle-Class Families: Tax-Friendly (Go to the Kiplinger Tax Map for Middle-Class Families)

Retirees: Not Tax-Friendly (Go to the Kiplinger Tax Map for Retirees)

New Hampshire differs from its New England neighbors by having not only no income tax, but no sales tax. But since there's still a government to run and roads to pave in the Granite State, the money has to come from somewhere. The result is some of the highest property taxes in the country.

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Also, a caveat on the zero income tax: Earned income is untaxed, but dividends and interest currently face a 5% levy (although the tax will be phased out by 2027).

New Hampshire Income Taxes

New Hampshire Income Tax Range

New Hampshire doesn't have an income tax. However, currently there's a 5% tax on dividends and interest in excess of $2,400 for individuals ($4,800 for joint filers).

The tax on dividends and interest is being phased out. The rate will be 4% for 2023, 3% for 2024, 2% for 2025, and 1% for 2026. The tax will then be repealed on January 1, 2027.

New Hampshire Taxation of Social Security Benefits

Social Security benefits are not taxed by the state.

New Hampshire Tax Breaks for Other Retirement Income

Income from retirement plans is exempt from New Hampshire's interest and dividends tax. Railroad Retirement benefits are also exempt.

New Hampshire Sales Tax

No state or local sales tax.

New Hampshire Real Property Taxes

In New Hampshire, the median property tax rate is $1,766 per $100,000 of assessed home value.

New Hampshire Property Tax Breaks for Retirees

An elderly exemption for property taxes is available to those age 65 and older who have lived in New Hampshire for at least three years. Towns and cities set additional eligibility rules, but the minimum exemption is $5,000 off the assessed home value.

Property taxes can be deferred but accrue interest at the rate of 5% per year. The deferred property tax may not exceed 85% of the equity value of the residence. The deferral is available (if granted by the assessing officials) to any resident property owner who is at least 65 years old and has owned his or her home for at least five consecutive years.

New Hampshire Motor Fuel Taxes

Gasoline: 23.83¢ per gallon.

Diesel: 23.83¢ per gallon.

New Hampshire Sin Taxes

Cigarettes: $1.78 per pack

Other tobacco products: 65% of the wholesale price; premium cigars are exempt

Vapor products: $0.30 per ml on closed systems; 8% of wholesale price of nicotine liquid for open systems

Beer: $0.30 per gallon

New Hampshire Estate and Inheritance Taxes

No estate or inheritance tax.

Rocky Mengle
Senior Tax Editor,

Rocky was a Senior Tax Editor for Kiplinger from October 2018 to January 2023. He has more than 20 years of experience covering federal and state tax developments. Before coming to Kiplinger, he worked for Wolters Kluwer Tax & Accounting and Kleinrock Publishing, where he provided breaking news and guidance for CPAs, tax attorneys, and other tax professionals. He has also been quoted as an expert by USA Today, Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, Reuters, Accounting Today, and other media outlets. Rocky has a law degree from the University of Connecticut and a B.A. in History from Salisbury University.