Retirement: These 13 States Tax Your Social Security Money

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Most retirees expect roughly 40% of their retirement income to come from Social Security payments, GoBankingRates reported. Yet, if you live in one of more than a handful of U.S. states (13, to be exact) your monthly Social Security benefits after retirement could be smaller than you are expecting, according to a new report from Motley Fool.

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Social security beneficiaries must pay federal taxes on their social security income if their total provisional income in retirement exceeds $25,000 as an individual or $32,000 for married couples filing jointly. Provisional income includes distributions from 401(k) accounts, some non-taxable income such as municipal bond interest, and 50% of social security benefits, according to IRS.gov.

However, retirees in 13 states may also have to pay state taxes on their social security benefits.

As of 2022, those states are:

  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Kansas
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Rhode Island
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia

Some of these states, including Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, and West Virginia are ranked as those with some of the lowing costs of living in the country, according to WorldPopulationReview.com.

So if you are contemplating moving to these states for retirement, you’ll have to determine if the lower cost of living will offset the taxes you’ll have to pay to the state on your social security income.

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It also helps to understand how much you’ll have to pay in taxes on your social security. That can help you better plan and budget for retirement. Whether you already live in one of these 13 states or plan to relocate there for retirement, consider speaking to a tax accountant and a financial planner to ensure you’ll be able to live comfortably on your savings, investments and social security checks after retirement.

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Dawn Allcot is a full-time freelance writer and content marketing specialist who geeks out about finance, e-commerce, technology, and real estate. Her lengthy list of publishing credits include Bankrate, Lending Tree, and Chase Bank. She is the founder and owner of GeekTravelGuide.net, a travel, technology, and entertainment website. She lives on Long Island, New York, with a veritable menagerie that includes 2 cats, a rambunctious kitten, and three lizards of varying sizes and personalities – plus her two kids and husband. Find her on Twitter, @DawnAllcot.
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