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What states do not tax Social Security?

Not every state chooses to, but some do tax Social Security benefits.

In 2022 the average check for a single beneficiary will rise from $1,565 to $1,657. This gives claimants an extra $92 per month.

The COLA rose by 5.9% in an effort to help offset inflation prices for those on the fixed income.

8 million Americans also claim SSI and will see a boost their their benefits.

While some states tax benefits, which is frustrating after beneficiaries paid Social Security taxes their entire working life, many do not.

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Here are 37 states that will not tax your Social Security benefits

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland


  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Mississippi
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

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The 13 states not listed may have their own rules on how they go about taxing your benefits.

If there is no state tax on Social Security in some places, what about federal?

Your provisional income will determine if you need to pay federal taxes on your Social Security benefits.

Provisional income includes your AGI with non-taxable interest and half of your benefits.

If provisional income exceeds $25,000 for singles or $32,000 for couples, you might half 50% of your benefits taxed.

The higher your provisional income, the more you’re taxed.

If it exceeds $34,000 for singles or $44,000 for couples you can have 85% of your benefits taxed.

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