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    See the 41 States That Won’t Tax Your Social Security Benefits

    By Kristin Hitchcock,

    25 days ago

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    Most retirement dreams are built on the foundation of financial security, and for many Americans, Social Security benefits are the cornerstone of that security. However, many retirees are surprised to learn that their Social Security benefits may be taxed by the Federal government and even some states!

    Luckily, most states don't fall into this category. Many states provide exemptions for Social Security income, giving retirees extra breathing room. If you live in one of these states, your benefits can stretch further.

    We dove into the laws surrounding each state to give you an accurate depiction of the taxes they may collect from your Social Security (or not). Below, we've listed all states without Social Security taxes in no particular order.

    Generally, these states fall into two different categories. They either have no income tax at all or provide exemptions for those receiving Social Security.

    Why Does it Matter?

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    As the grocery bill climbs and gas prices become ridiculous, making the most of your retirement income becomes even more important. Many retirees rely on Social Security, and taxes only reduce the amount of money in their pockets. If you don't live in one of the states mentioned below, you may need to budget for extra taxes on your Social Security income.

    You can learn more about planning for retirement on our Social Security hub page .

    1. Alabama

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    Alabama does not have any state-level income tax at all. Therefore, you don't have to worry about paying taxes on your Social Security income.

    2. Arkansas

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    Arkansas offers retirees a natural financial advantage, allowing them to skip paying their Social Security taxes.

    3. Florida

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    Florida is another state without income taxes, which means they also don't require taxes to be paid on Social Security income.

    4. Georgia

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    Georgia exempts Social Security from state income tax, so you can focus on enjoying your golden years. The vast majority of Social Security retirees qualify.

    5. Louisiana

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    Louisiana lets you keep all of your Social Security benefits despite having a state income tax. They have laws exempting Social Security from these taxes.

    6. Oklahoma

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    Oklahoma also joins the ranks of states that don't tax your Social Security, giving you more freedom in your golden years.

    7. South Carolina

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    South Carolina keeps your Social Security benefits out of the state taxman's grasp so you can relax and enjoy the Lowcountry charm. The state does have an income tax, but they provide exemptions for Social Security.

    8. Tennessee

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    The Volunteer State has no income tax, allowing retirees to keep their whole Social Security check in their pockets.

    9. Texas

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    Texas is another state that doesn't have any state income tax, allowing everyone to keep as much of their income in their pocket as possible. This includes retirees receiving Social Security.

    10. Virginia

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    Virginia offers a tax-free haven for your Social Security. They do have a state income tax, but they don't make retirees pay taxes on their Social Security.

    11. Alaska

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    Since there's no state income tax here, your retirement income stays yours. It's one of the few states that doesn't implement an income tax at all.

    12. Arizona

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    Retirees in Arizona get to keep their whole Social Security check, thanks to the state's specific exemptions.

    13. California

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    The Golden State also exempts all Social Security income from the state income tax, making your retirement a little bit brighter.

    14. Colorado

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    Colorado is a bit complicated. They allow retirees to deduct up to $24,000 of Social Security benefits from their income, which removes the Social Security tax in practice (though not necessarily in name).

    15. Hawaii

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    Hawaii also exempts those receiving Social Security benefits from paying state income taxes on those benefits. However, they do have a state income tax that may affect other portions of your income.

    16. Idaho

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    Idaho does have a state income tax. However, they offer exemptions for Social Security benefits.

    17. Illinois

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    Social Security benefits are also exempt from Illinois state income tax. However, you may have to pay tax on other parts of your income.

    18. Indiana

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    Indiana exempts Social Security, letting you enjoy all the state has to offer tax-free. This is through exemption, though, as the state does have an income tax.

    19. Iowa

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    Iowa offers tax cuts to retirees by exempting Social Security from state income taxes. Therefore, you can keep a bit more money in your pocket if you live in this state.

    20. Mississippi

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    Thanks to their exemptions, Mississippi allows you to keep as much of your income in your pocket as possible. You don't have to worry about paying your Social Security benefits taxes here.

    21. New Hampshire

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    New Hampshire has no income tax, so you don't have to worry about paying taxes on your Social Security or any other income. However, they do have other taxes, like sales tax.

    22. South Dakota

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    South Dakota is another state that doesn't have any income taxes. You won't have to worry about paying income tax at the state level, but federal taxes still apply.

    23. Washington

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    Washington is another state that doesn't have any state income tax. Instead, the state is funded through other taxes, like sales and property taxes.

    24. Wyoming

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    Wyoming may not be one of the most popular places to retire, but it has no income tax. Because no one pays income tax, you don't have to worry about your Social Security income being taxed, either.

    25. Delaware

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    Delaware does have a state income tax. However, they do not count Social Security income for this purpose.

    26. Kentucky

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    Kentucky does have an income tax, but they don't include Social Security income in this category. Therefore, retirees don't have to worry about paying taxes on their Social Security.

    27. Maine

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    Maine is another one of those states that has an income tax but exempts Social Security income from these taxes.

    28. New Jersey

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    New Jersey does have an income tax, but they don't count any Social Security income towards this tax. Other types of income may be counted, though.

    29. New York

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    New York also recently exempted those with Social Security income from paying taxes on that income.

    30. North Carolina

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    Just like in South Carolina, you don't have to pay state-level income taxes on your Social Security benefits in North Carolina, either.

    31. Ohio

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    Ohio has joined the majority of states that don't require Social Security income to be counted as income for tax purposes. Therefore, you don't have to worry about paying income taxes.

    32. Pennsylvania

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    Pennsylvania also doesn't require Social Security benefits to be counted as income for tax purposes. While they do have an income tax, this factor prevents retirees from having to pay taxes on their Social Security income.

    33. West Virginia

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    West Virginia is like many states on this list. They do have an income tax. However, they don't count Social Security benefits as income for this purpose.

    34. Nevada

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    Nevada has no state income tax at all. Therefore, you don't have to worry about paying taxes on any amount of your income.

    35. Maryland

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    Maryland exempts all Social Security benefits from their state income tax. That said, retirees will have to pay federal income taxes, just like in every other state.

    36. Massachusetts

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    Massachusetts is like most of the states on this list. While they do have a state income tax, they don't count Social Security benefits as income for the purpose of taxes, exempting more retirees from paying any income tax.

    37. Michigan

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    Michigan absolutely has a state income tax, but most retirees don't have to pay it. They exempt Social Security benefits from this tax, but they may require retirees to pay on other income they receive.

    38. North Dakota

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    While others must pay income tax in North Dakota, this doesn't apply to retirees who only receive Social Security. You only have to pay income tax if your other income exceeds a certain tax bracket.

    39. Oregon

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    Oregon doesn't require any retirees to pay income taxes on their Social Security income, leaving you with more money in your pocket.

    40. Wisconsin

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    Wisconsin also doesn't require retirees to pay taxes on Social Security benefits, though they do have a state-level income tax.

    Bonus: 41. District of Columbia

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    The District of Columbia is not a state. However, they don't require income tax to be paid on Social Security, so we added them to this list, too.

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