Click on any state in the map below for a detailed summary of taxes on retirement income, property and purchases, as well as special tax breaks for seniors. See more maps below, including the most tax-friendly and least tax-friendly states for retirees.
State-by-State Guide to Taxes on Retirees
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SOURCES: State tax departments, CCH and the Tax Foundation.
The Ugly = Integrity
- “F” Political Financing
- “F” Executive Accountability
- “F” Judicial Accountability
- “F” State Civil Service Management
- “F” Lobbying Disclosure
- “F” Ethics Enforcement Agencies
- “F” State Pension Fund Management
Utah is one of the few states that taxes Social Security benefits, for example. Still, the tax man isn’t keeping Utah’s seniors down: Even with income levels for older adults just about average for the U.S., the state has the third-lowest poverty rate in the country for people 65 and older.
The Good = Lifestyle
- Ranking: #10 as good places to retire.
- Population: 2.9 million
- Share of population 65+: 10.0%
- Cost of living: 4% above the U.S. average
- Average income for 65+ households: $53,211
- Average health care costs for a retired couple: Below average at $412,641
- Tax rating for retirees: Least Tax Friendly
Old Folks = Senior Citizens … The Bad = Taxes … The Ugly = Integrity … The Good = Lifestyle
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