States That Tax Social Security

Social Security is a fund that helps to accrue monetary assistance benefits for people in regard to their retirement, disability, and survivor benefits. These funding systems are run by a Federal Government agency of the United States, called the Social Security Administration. 

Historically, Social Security first became law under the Social Security Act, which was signed by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1935, after the great depression. The act, which was primarily intended to reduce poverty, was later extended to families of deceased workers and disabled workers, to ensure that dependent families had a monetary safety net.

In the United States today, a majority of states do not include social security benefits in their income tax calculations. However there are more than a dozen states that do tax social security in a variety of ways. 

Many of the states that do tax social security offer deductions for retirement income, and many others reduce the level of taxation on social security benefits, especially ones that are conditional on the basis of age.  For instance, the state of Colorado permits some taxpayers to subtract part of their social security income so long as they are above the age of fifty-five. 

To learn more about states that tax social security, browse the data in the charts.

Social Security Tax Status by State

Alabama - Social Security Tax Status

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SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

INCOME TAX PER STATEhelp

2%

#18 in the US

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

No

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

9.8%

#10 in the US

Alaska - Social Security Tax Status

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No

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

No

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

4.6%

#1 in the US

Arizona - Social Security Tax Status

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No

INCOME TAX PER STATEhelp

2.59%

#19 in the US

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

Yes

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

9.5%

#11 in the US

Arkansas - Social Security Tax Status

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SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

INCOME TAX PER STATEhelp

2%

#20 in the US

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

Yes

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

10.2%

#24 in the US

California - Social Security Tax Status

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SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

INCOME TAX PER STATEhelp

1%

#8 in the US

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

Yes

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

13.5%

#46 in the US

Colorado - Social Security Tax Status

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Yes

INCOME TAX PER STATEhelp

4.55%

#32 in the US

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

Yes

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

9.7%

#12 in the US

Connecticut - Social Security Tax Status

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Yes

INCOME TAX PER STATEhelp

3%

#24 in the US

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

Yes

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

15.4%

#50 in the US

Delaware - Social Security Tax Status

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SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

INCOME TAX PER STATEhelp

0%

#1 in the US

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

Yes

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

12.4%

#39 in the US

Florida - Social Security Tax Status

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No

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

No

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

9.1%

#13 in the US

Georgia - Social Security Tax Status

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No

INCOME TAX PER STATEhelp

1%

#9 in the US

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

Yes

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

8.9%

#4 in the US

Hawaii - Social Security Tax Status

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SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

INCOME TAX PER STATEhelp

1.4%

#10 in the US

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

No

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

14.1%

#49 in the US

Idaho - Social Security Tax Status

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SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

INCOME TAX PER STATEhelp

1.13%

#11 in the US

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

Yes

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

10.7%

#25 in the US

Illinois - Social Security Tax Status

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SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

INCOME TAX PER STATEhelp

4.95%

#34 in the US

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

No

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

12.9%

#41 in the US

Indiana - Social Security Tax Status

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SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

INCOME TAX PER STATEhelp

3.23%

#25 in the US

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

Yes

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

9.3%

#14 in the US

Iowa - Social Security Tax Status

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SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

INCOME TAX PER STATEhelp

0.33%

#2 in the US

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

Yes

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

11.2%

#33 in the US

Kansas - Social Security Tax Status

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Yes

INCOME TAX PER STATEhelp

3.1%

#26 in the US

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

Yes

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

11.2%

#34 in the US

Kentucky - Social Security Tax Status

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SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

INCOME TAX PER STATEhelp

5%

#40 in the US

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

Yes

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

9.6%

#15 in the US

Louisiana - Social Security Tax Status

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SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

INCOME TAX PER STATEhelp

1.85%

#12 in the US

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

Yes

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

9.1%

#16 in the US

Maine - Social Security Tax Status

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SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

INCOME TAX PER STATEhelp

5.8%

#41 in the US

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

Yes

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

12.4%

#42 in the US

Maryland - Social Security Tax Status

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SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

INCOME TAX PER STATEhelp

2%

#21 in the US

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

Yes

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

11.3%

#35 in the US

Massachusetts - Social Security Tax Status

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SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

INCOME TAX PER STATEhelp

5%

#42 in the US

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

Yes

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

11.5%

#36 in the US

Michigan - Social Security Tax Status

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SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

INCOME TAX PER STATEhelp

4.25%

#35 in the US

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

Yes

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

8.6%

#5 in the US

Minnesota - Social Security Tax Status

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SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

Yes

INCOME TAX PER STATEhelp

5.35%

#43 in the US

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

Yes

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

12.1%

#43 in the US

Mississippi - Social Security Tax Status

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SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

INCOME TAX PER STATEhelp

0%

#3 in the US

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

No

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

9.8%

#17 in the US

Missouri - Social Security Tax Status

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SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

INCOME TAX PER STATEhelp

1.5%

#13 in the US

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

Yes

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

9.3%

#18 in the US

Montana - Social Security Tax Status

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Yes

INCOME TAX PER STATEhelp

1%

#14 in the US

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

Yes

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

10.5%

#26 in the US

Nebraska - Social Security Tax Status

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Yes

INCOME TAX PER STATEhelp

2.46%

#22 in the US

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

Yes

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

11.5%

#37 in the US

Nevada - Social Security Tax Status

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SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

No

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

9.6%

#19 in the US

New Hampshire - Social Security Tax Status

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No

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

No

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

9.6%

#20 in the US

New Jersey - Social Security Tax Status

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No

INCOME TAX PER STATEhelp

1.4%

#15 in the US

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

Yes

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

13.2%

#47 in the US

New Mexico - Social Security Tax Status

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Yes

INCOME TAX PER STATEhelp

1.7%

#16 in the US

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

Yes

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

10.2%

#27 in the US

New York - Social Security Tax Status

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No

INCOME TAX PER STATEhelp

4%

#36 in the US

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

Yes

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

15.9%

#51 in the US

North Carolina - Social Security Tax Status

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SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

INCOME TAX PER STATEhelp

4.99%

#37 in the US

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

Yes

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

9.9%

#21 in the US

North Dakota - Social Security Tax Status

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Yes

INCOME TAX PER STATEhelp

1.1%

#17 in the US

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

Yes

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

8.8%

#6 in the US

Ohio - Social Security Tax Status

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SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

INCOME TAX PER STATEhelp

0%

#4 in the US

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

Yes

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

10%

#28 in the US

Oklahoma - Social Security Tax Status

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SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

INCOME TAX PER STATEhelp

0.25%

#5 in the US

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

Yes

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

9%

#22 in the US

Oregon - Social Security Tax Status

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SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

INCOME TAX PER STATEhelp

4.75%

#38 in the US

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

Yes

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

10.8%

#29 in the US

Pennsylvania - Social Security Tax Status

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SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

INCOME TAX PER STATEhelp

3.07%

#27 in the US

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

No

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

10.6%

#30 in the US

Rhode Island - Social Security Tax Status

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SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

Yes

INCOME TAX PER STATEhelp

3.75%

#28 in the US

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

Yes

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

11.4%

#38 in the US

South Carolina - Social Security Tax Status

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SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

INCOME TAX PER STATEhelp

0%

#6 in the US

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

Yes

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

8.9%

#7 in the US

South Dakota - Social Security Tax Status

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SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

No

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

8.4%

#8 in the US

Tennessee - Social Security Tax Status

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SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

No

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

7.6%

#2 in the US

Texas - Social Security Tax Status

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SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

No

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

8.6%

#9 in the US

Utah - Social Security Tax Status

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SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

Yes

INCOME TAX PER STATEhelp

4.95%

#39 in the US

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

Yes

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

12.1%

#44 in the US

Vermont - Social Security Tax Status

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SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

Yes

INCOME TAX PER STATEhelp

3.35%

#29 in the US

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

Yes

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

13.6%

#48 in the US

Virginia - Social Security Tax Status

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SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

INCOME TAX PER STATEhelp

2%

#23 in the US

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

Yes

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

12.5%

#45 in the US

Washington - Social Security Tax Status

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SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

No

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

10.7%

#31 in the US

West Virginia - Social Security Tax Status

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SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

Yes

INCOME TAX PER STATEhelp

3%

#30 in the US

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

Yes

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

9.8%

#23 in the US

Wisconsin - Social Security Tax Status

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SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

INCOME TAX PER STATEhelp

3.54%

#31 in the US

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

Yes

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

10.9%

#32 in the US

Wyoming - Social Security Tax Status

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SOCIAL SECURITY TAX STATUShelp

No

PENSIONS TAX STATUShelp

No

STATE-LOCAL TAX BURDENhelp

7.5%

#3 in the US