26 States That Don’t Tax Social Security Benefits

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When trying to figure out where to retire, one consideration is how much of your income will be taxed.

Depending on where you choose to live, you might get a state tax credit or deduction on some of your retirement income. Or, you might avoid state taxes on your retirement income entirely.

In fact, the following 26 states either don’t levy state income taxes or don’t tax certain types of retirement income, including Social Security benefits, according to a recent Tax Foundation analysis.

We start with the states that fully exempt Social Security benefits from all residents’ income taxes as of 2020 and end with a look at the states that have no income tax at all.

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