The 10 States Taxing Social Security in 2024 and the 2 That Just Stopped

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As 2023 tax filing season draws to a close, retirees across the nation are adjusting their financial plans for 2024, but a crucial detail could drastically alter the landscape of retirement living: the taxing of Social Security benefits. While many bask in the belief that their golden years will be tax-friendly, residents in nine specific states are facing a reality check as their Social Security benefits come under the taxman’s purview.

Conversely, a wave of relief is set to wash over two states, marking an end to their era of taxing these benefits. This shift paints a complex portrait of retirement planning across the U.S., underscoring the importance of staying informed of the ever changing tax laws. Are you residing in one of these states? It’s time to uncover the impact of these tax changes on your retirement strategy and possibly reconsider your locale choice for those serene post-work years. Here are the 9 states taxing social security benefits.


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In Colorado, individuals younger than 65 by the end of the tax year can deduct either $20,000 or their taxable pension/annuity income included in the federal taxable income, whichever is less. For those aged 65 and above by the end of the tax year, Social Security benefits are not subject to state taxes.


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For Connecticut residents, Social Security benefits become taxable when your adjusted gross income (AGI) exceeds $75,000, or $100,000 for those filing jointly. Beyond this income threshold, 25% of Social Security income becomes taxable at the state level.


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In Kansas, Social Security income is taxable for individuals whose AGI exceeds $75,000.


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Social Security income in Minnesota is subject to state taxes for individuals with an AGI over $82,190, or $105,380 for joint filers, and $52,690 for those married but filing separately.


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Montana includes Social Security income in state taxable income to the same extent it is included in federal taxable income.

New Mexico

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For New Mexicans, Social Security benefits are taxable for those earning more than $100,000, or $75,000 for those filing separately, and $150,000 for surviving spouses or those filing as head of household or jointly.

Rhode Island

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Social Security benefits in Rhode Island are taxable if retirement benefits are received before reaching full retirement age (typically 67) or if the AGI exceeds $101,000 for singles or heads of household, $126,250 for joint filers, or $101,025 for those married filing separately for the 2023 tax year. Individuals below these income thresholds may exempt up to $20,000 of their retirement income.


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Utah imposes taxes on Social Security benefits for individuals earning more than $45,000, or $75,000 for heads of household or those married filing jointly, and $37,500 for married filing separately. Those under these income levels may be eligible for a nonrefundable tax credit.


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In Vermont, Social Security is taxable for individuals with AGIs above $60,000, or $75,000 for those married filing jointly. A partial exemption applies for incomes between $50,000 and $59,999 ($65,001 and $74,999 for joint filers).

West Virginia

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West Virginia passed a law to progress from partially taxing Social Security to completely eliminating taxation in 3 years.

West Virginia won’t tax your Social Security benefits if your federal adjusted gross income is $100,000 or less for married couples filing jointly or $50,000 or less for all other taxpayers

However, if your income is greater than the applicable dollar amount, West Virginia will levy a state income tax on your Social Security payments to the same extent you must pay taxes on that income to the federal government.

Good news for West Virginia resident is the bill phasing out tax on Social Security benefits has been signed into law. Retroactive to Jan. 1 of this year, it applies to 35% deduction for 2024, 65% for 2025 and 100% deduction on Social Security income for 2026 taxes and beyond.

Welcome Relief for Missouri and Nebraska

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As of 2024, Missouri and Nebraska join the list of states that no longer tax social security income.



Balancing Taxes and Lifestyle

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In the ever-evolving landscape of tax laws and retirement planning, staying informed and consulting with a tax advisor for the most current information is paramount. While the tax implications of where you choose to retire are significant, remember that taxes are just one piece of the puzzle. Quality of life, access to healthcare, proximity to loved ones, and recreational opportunities also play critical roles in selecting your ideal retirement haven. As you navigate the complexities of retirement tax planning, balance these considerations with the fiscal realities. By doing so, you’ll ensure that your retirement years are not only financially sound but also rich in the experiences and connections that truly matter.

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