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Some retirees are surprised to learn that Social Security is taxable. The federal government taxes up to 85% of your benefits, depending on your income. Most states, however, exempt Social Security from state taxes. The list of 37 states that don't tax Social Security includes the nine states with no state income tax, as well as some states that also rank as the most tax-friendly states for retirees , such as Georgia and Pennsylvania.

But beware: Some states that exempt Social Security benefits take a big bite out of other types of retirement income. Maryland, for example, excludes Social Security benefits from taxation, but distributions from individual retirement accounts are fully taxed. Weigh all state taxes when researching the best places to retire. For each state, we've included a link to our full guide to state taxes on retirees .

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Alabama

Sales Tax: 4% state levy. Localities can add as much as 7.5% to that, and the average combined rate is 9.15%. Alabama is one of the few states that does not exempt food from sales tax.

Income Tax Range: Low: 2% (on up to $1,000 of taxable income for married joint filers and up to $500 for all others). High: 5% (on more than $6,000 of taxable income for married joint filers and more than $3,000 for all others). Alabama also allows residents to deduct all of their federal income tax from state taxable income. Some counties and cities charge an "municipal occupational tax" of 0.5%-2% on income; the average levy across the state is 0.5%, according to the Tax Foundation.

Property Taxes: The median property tax on Alabama's median home value of $128,500 is $550

Inheritance and Estate Taxes: There is no inheritance tax or estate tax.

For details on tax breaks for retirees and state taxes on other retirement income see the complete guide to taxes on retirees in Alabama .

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Alaska

Sales Tax: Alaska is one of five states with no state sales tax. However, localities can levy sales taxes, which can go as high as 7.5%. But, according to the Tax Foundation, the statewide average is only 1.43%. Sales taxes are generally charged in locations without real property taxes and vice versa.

Income Tax Range: There is no state income tax.

Property Taxes: The median property tax on Alaska's median home value of $257,100 is $3,048

Inheritance and Estate Taxes: There is no inheritance tax or estate tax.

For details on tax breaks for retirees and state taxes on other retirement income see the complete guide to taxes on retirees in Alaska .

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Arizona

Sales Tax: 5.6% state levy. Localities can add as much as 5.3% to that, but the average combined levy is 8.33%, according to the Tax Foundation. Many cities in Arizona levy a tax on food for home consumption, like Tempe (1.8%) and Scottsdale (1.75%); Phoenix and Mesa are notable exceptions.

Income Tax Range: Low: 2.59% (on up to $20,690 of taxable income for married joint filers and up to $10,346 for all others). High: 4.54% (on more than $310,317 of taxable income for married joint filers and more than $155,159 for all others).

Property Taxes: The median property tax on Arizona's median home value of $167,500 is $1,356.

Inheritance and Estate Taxes: There is no inheritance tax or estate tax.

For details on tax breaks for retirees and state taxes on other retirement income see the complete guide to taxes on retirees in Arizona .

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Arkansas

Sales Tax: 6.5% state levy. Localities can add as much as 5.13%, and the average combined rate is 9.42%, according to the Tax Foundation. The state taxes food at 1.5%, and localities can add to that.

Income Tax Range: Low: 0.9% (on up to $4,499 of taxable income). High: 6.9% (on more than $79,301 of taxable income).

Property Taxes: The median property tax on Arkansas' median home value of $114,700 is $721.

Inheritance and Estate Taxes: There is no inheritance tax or estate tax.

For details on tax breaks for retirees and state taxes on other retirement income see the complete guide to taxes on retirees in Arkansas .

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California

Sales Tax: 7.25% state levy. Localities can add as much as 2.5%, and the average combined rate is 8.55%, according to the Tax Foundation.

Income Tax Range: Low: 1% (on up to $16,446 of taxable income for married joint filers and up to $8,223 for those filing individually). High: 13.3% (on more than $1,145,960 for married joint filers and $1 million for those filing individually).

Property Taxes: The median property tax on California's median home value of $409,300 is $3,237.

Inheritance and Estate Taxes: There is no inheritance tax or estate tax.

For details on tax breaks for retirees and state taxes on other retirement income see the complete guide to taxes on retirees in California .

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Delaware

Sales Tax: Neither the state nor localities impose a sales tax.

Income Tax Range: Low: 2.2% (on taxable income from $2,001 to $5,000). High: 6.6% (on taxable income above $60,000).

Property Taxes: The median property tax on Delaware's median home value of $233,100 is $1,274.

Inheritance and Estate Taxes: Delaware's estate tax expired at the end of 2017. There is no inheritance tax.

For details on tax breaks for retirees and state taxes on other retirement income see the complete guide to taxes on retirees in Delaware .

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Florida

Sales Tax: 6% state levy. Localities can add as much as 2%, and the average combined rate is 6.80%, according to the Tax Foundation.

Income Tax Range: There is no state income tax.

Property Taxes: The median property tax on Florida's median home value of $166,800 is $1,702.

Inheritance and Estate Taxes: There is no inheritance tax or estate tax.

For details on tax breaks for retirees and state taxes on other retirement income see the complete guide to taxes on retirees in Florida .

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Georgia

Sales Tax: 4% state levy. Localities can add as much as 4.90%, and the average combined rate is 7.23%, according to the Tax Foundation. While the state doesn't tax grocery food sales, localities can.

Income Tax Range: Low: 1% (on the first $1,000 of taxable net income for married couples filing jointly; on the first $750 for individual filers; and on the first $500 for married couples filing separately). High: 6% (on taxable income over $10,000 for married couples filing jointly; on taxable income over $7,000 for individual filers; and on taxable income over $5,000 for married couples filing separately)

Property Taxes: The median property tax on Georgia's median home value of $152,400 is $1,413.

Inheritance and Estate Taxes: There is no inheritance tax or estate tax.

For details on tax breaks for retirees and state taxes on other retirement income see the complete guide to taxes on retirees in Georgia .

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Hawaii

Sales Tax: 4%. Hawaii employs a General Excise Tax that applies to a wide range of goods and services. Only prescription drugs and prostheses are exempt. Oahu has a county surcharge tax of 0.5% to pay for a mass transit system, making the average combined rate 4.35%, as calculated by the Tax Foundation. Complicating matters further, the tax is calculated on the vendor rather than the buyer, which means consumers pay a few percentage points more in practice.

Income Tax Range: Low: 1.4% (on taxable income up to $4,800 for married couples filing jointly; on up to $2,400 for married couples filing separately and individual filers). High: 8.25% (on taxable income over $48,000 for married couples filing jointly and surviving spouses; on over $96,000 for married couples filing separately and individual filers).

Property Taxes: The median property tax on Hawaii's median home value of $538,400 is $1,459.

Inheritance and Estate Taxes: Hawaii decided not to follow the big jump in the estate-tax exemption under the new federal tax law and set its own instead: $5.49 million, the same as for 2017. Tax rates range from 10% to 15.7%. There is no inheritance tax.

For details on tax breaks for retirees and state taxes on other retirement income see the complete guide to taxes on retirees in Hawaii .

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Idaho

Sales Tax: 6.0% state levy. Localities (typically resort communities) can add as much as 3%, but the effect on the state average, as calculated by the Tax Foundation, is negligible: It's 6.03%. Food is taxable, but the state attempts to offset the levy with a $100 per-person tax credit. Seniors can get $120.

Income Tax Range: Low: 1.125% (on taxable income up to $3,008 for married joint filers and up to $1,504 for individual filers). High: 6.925% (on taxable income of $22,558 or more for married joint filers and $11,279 or more for individual filers).

Property Taxes: The median property tax on Idaho's median home value of $167,900 is $1,276.

Inheritance and Estate Taxes: There is no inheritance tax or estate tax.

For details on tax breaks for retirees and state taxes on other retirement income see the complete guide to taxes on retirees in Idaho .

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Illinois

Sales Tax: 6.25% state levy. Localities can add as much as 4.75%, and the average combined rate is 8.70%, according to the Tax Foundation. Food, prescription drugs and non-prescription drugs are all taxed at 1% by the state.

Income Tax Range: There is a flat rate of 4.95% of federal adjusted gross income after modifications.

Property Taxes: The median property tax on Illinois' median home value of $174,800 is $4,058.

Inheritance and Estate Taxes: There is no inheritance tax. Illinois has an estate tax with a $4 million exemption. The maximum estate-tax rate is 16%.

For details on tax breaks for retirees and state taxes on other retirement income see the complete guide to taxes on retirees in Illinois .

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Indiana

Sales Tax: State levy of 7%.

Income Tax Range: The Hoosier State taxes income at a flat rate of 3.23%, but counties levy their own income taxes, at rates as high as 3.38% (Pulaski County). The average is 1.56%, according to the Tax Foundation.

Property Taxes: The median property tax on Indiana's median home value of $126,500 is $1,100.

Inheritance and Estate Taxes: Indiana has no estate or inheritance tax.

For details on tax breaks for retirees and state taxes on other retirement income see the complete guide to taxes on retirees in Indiana .

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Iowa

Sales Tax: 6.0% state levy. Localities can add as much as 1%, and the average combined rate is 6.82%, according to the Tax Foundation.

Income Tax Range: Low: 0.36% (on up to $1,598 of taxable income). High: 8.98% (on taxable income over $71,910). Iowa also allows residents to deduct federal income tax from state taxable income.

Property Taxes: The median property tax on Iowa's median home value of $132,800 is $1,986.

Inheritance and Estate Taxes: Iowa has no estate tax. The inheritance tax ranges from 0% to 15%, depending on the amount of the inheritance and the relationship of the recipient to the decedent, with these exceptions: No tax is due on property left to a surviving spouse, stepchildren, lineal descendants (children, grandchildren, etc.) or lineal ascendants (parents, grandparents, etc.), and no tax is due if the estate's net value is less than $25,000.

For details on tax breaks for retirees and state taxes on other retirement income see the complete guide to taxes on retirees in Iowa .

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Kentucky

Sales Tax: State levy of 6%.

Income Tax Range: Kentucky has a flat income tax rate of 5%. Localities can add to this; the average levy is 2.08%, according to the Tax Foundation.

Property Taxes: The median property tax on Kentucky's median home value of $126,100 is $1,078.

Inheritance and Estate Taxes: Kentucky has an inheritance tax, but all Class A beneficiaries (spouse, parent, child, grandchild, brother and sister) are exempt. Other beneficiaries are subject to inheritance tax rates ranging from 4% to 16%. There is no estate tax.

For details on tax breaks for retirees and state taxes on other retirement income see the complete guide to taxes on retirees in Kentucky .

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Louisiana

Sales Tax: 4.45% state levy. Localities can add as much as 7%, and the average combined rate is 9.45%, according to the Tax Foundation. Groceries and prescription drugs are exempt from the state sales tax, but localities may tax these.

Income Tax Range: Low: 2% (on $12,500 or less of taxable income for individuals, $25,000 for joint filers). High: 6% (on more than $50,000 of taxable income; $100,000 for joint filers). Residents can deduct all of their federal income tax from state taxable income.

Property Taxes: The median property tax on Louisiana's median home value of $148,300 is $750.

Inheritance and Estate Taxes: There is no inheritance tax or estate tax.

For details on tax breaks for retirees and state taxes on other retirement income see the complete guide to taxes on retirees in Louisiana .

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Maine

Sales Tax: State levy of 5.5%.

Income Tax Range: Low: 5.8% (on taxable income less than $21,450 for single filers; less than $42,900 for joint filers). High: 7.15% (on taxable income more than $50,750 for single filers; more than $100,550 for joint filers).

Property Taxes: The median property tax on Maine's median home value of $176,000 is $2,329.

Inheritance and Estate Taxes: Maine decoupled from Federal law and set its 2018 estate tax exemption at the old federal limit: $5.6 million. Tax rates range from 8% to 12%. The exemption will be adjusted for inflation; an estimate of 2019's limit is $5.712 million.. Estate tax rates range from 8% to 12%. There is no inheritance tax.

For details on tax breaks for retirees and state taxes on other retirement income see the complete guide to taxes on retirees in Maine .

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Maryland

Sales Tax: State levy of 6%.

Income Tax Range: Low: 2% (on less than $1,000 of taxable income). High: 5.75% (on more than $250,000 of taxable income for single filers; more than $300,000 for joint filers). Maryland's 23 counties and Baltimore City may levy additional income taxes ranging from 1.75% to 3.20% of taxable income.

Property Taxes: The median property tax on Maryland's median home value of $290,400 is $3,191.

Inheritance and Estate Taxes: Maryland estate tax is imposed on estates exceeding $4 million. The Free State's estate tax exemption will rise to $5 million in 2019 but won't be indexed to inflation going forward. Rates range from 5.6% to 16%. Maryland collects an inheritance tax, but property passing to a spouse, child or other lineal descendant, spouse of a child or other lineal descendant, parent, grandparent or sibling is exempt from taxation. Property passing to other individuals is subject to a 10% tax.

For details on tax breaks for retirees and state taxes on other retirement income see the complete guide to taxes on retirees in Maryland .

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Massachusetts

Sales Tax: State levy of 6.25%. Most clothing and footwear priced at under $175 per item are exempt.

Income Tax Range: Massachusetts has a flat rate of 5.1% of federal adjusted gross income.

Property Taxes: The median property tax on Massachusetts' median home value of $341,000 is $4,132.

Inheritance and Estate Taxes: Estates valued at more than $1 million are subject to estate tax. Tax rates range from 0.8% to 16%. There is an unlimited marital deduction for property left to a surviving spouse and an unlimited charitable deduction for property left to a qualified charity. Massachusetts has no inheritance tax.

For details on tax breaks for retirees and state taxes on other retirement income see the complete guide to taxes on retirees in Massachusetts .

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Michigan

Sales Tax: State levy of 6%.

Income Tax Range: Michigan has a flat tax rate of 4.25%. Cities can levy income taxes as well, on both residents and non-residents (who are taxed 1/2 the rate of residents). In Detroit, the resident rate is 2.4%; the state average is 1.70%, according to the Tax Foundation.

Property Taxes: The median property tax on Michigan's median home value of $122,400 is $2,174.

Inheritance and Estate Taxes: There is no inheritance tax or estate tax.

For details on tax breaks for retirees and state taxes on other retirement income see the complete guide to taxes on retirees in Michigan .

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Mississippi

Sales Tax: 7% state levy. Only two localities, Jackson (1%) and Tupelo (0.25%) add to that, making the average combined rate is 7.07%. Groceries are fully taxable.

Income Tax Range: Low: 3% (on taxable income of $1,000 or more). High: 5% (on more than $10,000 of taxable income).

Property Taxes: The median property tax on Mississippi's median home value of $105,700 is $841.

Inheritance and Estate Taxes: There is no inheritance tax or estate tax.

For details on tax breaks for retirees and state taxes on other retirement income see the complete guide to taxes on retirees in Mississippi .

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Nevada

State Taxes on Social Security: Benefits are not taxed.0

Sales Tax: 6.85% state levy. Localities can add as much as 1.42%, and the average combined rate is 8.14%, according to the Tax Foundation.

Income Tax Range: There is no state income tax.

Property Taxes: The median property tax on Nevada's median home value of $191,600 is $1,478.

Inheritance and Estate Taxes: There is no inheritance tax or estate tax.

For details on tax breaks for retirees and state taxes on other retirement income see the complete guide to taxes on retirees in Nevada .

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New Hampshire

Sales Tax: No sales tax.

Income Tax Range: New Hampshire doesn't have an income tax. But there's a 5% tax on dividends and interest in excess of $2,400 for individuals ($4,800 for joint filers).

Property Taxes: The median property tax on New Hampshire's median home value of $239,700 is $5,241.

Inheritance and Estate Taxes: There is no inheritance tax or estate tax.

For details on tax breaks for retirees and state taxes on other retirement income see the complete guide to taxes on retirees in New Hampshire .

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New Jersey

Sales Tax: 6.625% state levy. That rate is cut in half (3.313%) for in-person sales in designated Urban Enterprise Zones located in disadvantaged areas. Salem County, which borders no-tax Delaware, also charges the reduced 3.313% rate. Notably, motor vehicles are charged at the regular rate in these locations. Most clothing and footwear are tax-exempt year round throughout the state.

Income Tax Range: Low: 1.4% (on up to $20,000 of taxable income). High: 8.97% (on taxable income over $500,000). New Jersey allows localities to impose an income tax; the average levy is 0.5%, per the Tax Foundation.

Property Taxes: The median property tax on New Jersey's median home value of $316,400 is $7,601.

Inheritance and Estate Taxes: New Jersey imposes an inheritance tax, at graduated rates ranging from 11% to 16%, on the transfer from a decedent to certain beneficiaries of real and personal property that has a total value of $500 or more. No tax is imposed on transfers to parents, grandparents, descendants, children and their descendants, spouses, civil union partners, domestic partners or charities. There is a $25,000 exemption per Class C beneficiary (siblings, sons-in-law and daughters-in-law). New Jersey's estate tax, levied on estates that exceed $2 million not passing to a spouse or civil union partner, will end Dec. 31, 2017.

An estate may be subject to the New Jersey estate tax even if there is no New Jersey inheritance tax due. However, any inheritance tax due is taken as a credit against any estate tax.

For details on tax breaks for retirees and state taxes on other retirement income see the complete guide to taxes on retirees in New Jersey .

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New York

Sales Tax: 4% state levy. Localities can add as much as 4.88%, and the average combined rate is 8.49%, according to the Tax Foundation. In the New York City metro area, there is an additional 0.375% sales tax to support transit. Clothing and footwear that cost less than $110 (per item or pair) are exempt from sales tax.

Income Tax Range: Low: 4.0% (on up to $8,500 of taxable income for single filers and up to $17,150 for married couples filing jointly). High: 8.82% (on taxable income over $1,070,550 for single filers and over $2,155,350 for married couples filing jointly). New York allows localities to impose an income tax; the average levy is 2.11%, per the Tax Foundation.

Property Taxes: The median property tax on New York's median home value of $286,300 is $4,738.

Inheritance and Estate Taxes: Estates exceeding $5.49 million are subject to estate tax, with a top rate of 16%. The state estate tax is a "cliff tax." That means if the value of the estate is more than 105% of the current exemption, the exemption won't be available and the entire estate will be subject to state estate tax.

For details on tax breaks for retirees and state taxes on other retirement income see the complete guide to taxes on retirees in New York .

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North Carolina

Sales Tax: 4.75% state levy. Localities can add as much as 2.75%, and the average combined rate is 6.95%, according to the Tax Foundation. Groceries are not taxed by the state, but a 2% local tax is levied.

Income Tax Range: North Carolina has a flat tax rate of 5.49%.

Property Taxes: The median property tax on North Carolina's median home value of $157,100 is $1,345.

Inheritance and Estate Taxes: There is no inheritance tax and no estate tax.

For details on tax breaks for retirees and state taxes on other retirement income see the complete guide to taxes on retirees in North Carolina .

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Ohio

Sales Tax: 5.75% state levy. Localities can add as much as 2.25%, and the average combined rate is 7.14%.

Income Tax Range: Low: 1.98% (on income over $10,650 of taxable income). High: 4.997% (on taxable income over $213,350). Municipalities can levy income taxes, too; the average local rate is 2.5%, per the Tax Foundation.

Property Taxes: The median property tax on Ohio's median home value of $131,900 is $2,064.

Inheritance and Estate Taxes: Ohio has no inheritance tax or estate tax.

For details on tax breaks for retirees and state taxes on other retirement income see the complete guide to taxes on retirees in Ohio .

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Oklahoma

Sales Tax: 4.5% state levy. Localities can add as much as 6.5%, and the average combined rate is 8.93%, according to the Tax Foundation.

Income Tax Range: Low: 0.5% (on up to $1,000 of taxable income for single filers and up to $2,000 for married joint filers). High: 5% (on taxable income over $7,200 for single filers and over $12,200 for married joint filers).

Property Taxes: The median property tax on Oklahoma's median home value of $121,300 is $1,076.

Inheritance and Estate Taxes: There is no inheritance tax or estate tax.

For details on tax breaks for retirees and state taxes on other retirement income see the complete guide to taxes on retirees in Oklahoma .

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Oregon

Sales Tax: None.

Income Tax Range: Low: 5% (on up to $3,450 of taxable income for single filers and up to $6,900 for married couples filing jointly). High: 9.9% (on taxable income over $125,000 for single filers and over $250,000 for married couples filing jointly). Residents can deduct some of their federal income tax from state taxable income. The subtraction is limited to $6,650 ($3,325 if married filing separately). Local income taxes may be due as well; the average local levy is 0.36%, according to the Tax Foundation.

Property Taxes: The median property tax on Oregon's median home value of $247,200 is $2,637.

Inheritance and Estate Taxes: Oregon has a state estate tax for estates of more than $1 million. Rates range from 10% to 16%. There is no inheritance tax.

For details on tax breaks for retirees and state taxes on other retirement income see the complete guide to taxes on retirees in Oregon .

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Pennsylvania

Sales Tax: 6%, but food, clothing, textbooks, heating fuels, and prescription and nonprescription drugs are exempt. Philadelphia has a local sales tax of an additional 2%, and Allegheny County (Pittsburgh's home county) adds a local sales tax of 1%, bringing the population-weighted average to 6.34%, as measured by the Tax Foundation.

Income Tax Range: Pennsylvania has a flat rate of 3.07%.

Property Taxes: Median property tax on Pennsylvania's median home value of $167,700 is $2,603.

Inheritance and Estate Taxes: The Pennsylvania inheritance tax is calculated as a percentage of the value of the estate transferred to beneficiaries. The amount is determined based on the relationship of the heir to the decedent and the decedent's date of death. The tax rate is 4.5% for transfers to direct descendants (lineal heirs), 12% for transfers to siblings and 15% for transfers to other heirs (except charitable organizations, exempt institutions and government entities). Property a husband and wife own jointly is exempt from the tax, and so is property inherited from a spouse or from a child 21 or younger by a parent. The inheritance tax for farming families was eliminated in 2012. If the inheritance tax is paid within three months of the decedent's death, a 5% discount may apply.

There is no state estate tax.

For details on tax breaks for retirees and state taxes on other retirement income see the complete guide to taxes on retirees in Pennsylvania .

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South Carolina

Sales Tax: 6% state levy. Localities can add as much as 3%, and the average combined rate is 7.43%, according to the Tax Foundation.

Income Tax Range: Low: 3% (on taxable income over $2,970). High: 7% (on taxable income over $14,860).

Property Taxes: Median property tax on South Carolina's median home value of $143,600 is $821.

Inheritance and Estate Taxes: There is no inheritance tax or estate tax.

For details on tax breaks for retirees and state taxes on other retirement income see the complete guide to taxes on retirees in South Carolina .

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South Dakota

Sales Tax: 4.5% state levy. Localities can add as much as 4.5%, and the average combined rate is 6.40%, according to the Tax Foundation. Many services are taxed, as are groceries.

Income Tax Range: There's no state income tax.

Property Taxes: The median property tax on South Dakota's median home value of $146,700 is $1,943.

Inheritance and Estate Taxes: There is no inheritance tax or estate tax.

For details on tax breaks for retirees and state taxes on other retirement income see the complete guide to taxes on retirees in South Dakota .

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Tennessee

Sales Tax: 7% state levy. Localities can add up to 2.75%, with an average combined rate of 9.46%, according to the Tax Foundation. Groceries are taxed at 5% by the state, plus whatever local rate is in effect. Local taxes are limited, though: Only the first $1,600 of any item is taxable.

Income Tax Range: There's no state income tax, so salaries, wages, Social Security benefits, IRA distributions and pension income are not taxed. But Tennessee does have the Hall Tax, which taxes dividends and some interest at 4% (in 2017). The first $1,250 in taxable income for individuals ($2,500 for joint filers) is exempt. The rate is declining 1% a year and will be phased out entirely by 2022.

Property Taxes: The median property tax on Tennessee's median home value of $146,000 is $1,088.

Inheritance and Estate Taxes: There is no inheritance tax or estate tax.

For details on tax breaks for retirees and state taxes on other retirement income see the complete guide to taxes on retirees in Tennessee .

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Texas

Sales Tax: 6.25% state levy. Localities can add up to 2%, with an average combined rate of 8.17%, according to the Tax Foundation.

Income Tax Range: Texas has no state income tax.

Property Taxes: The median property tax on Texas' median home value of $142,700 is $2,654.

Inheritance and Estate Taxes: There is no inheritance tax or estate tax.

For details on tax breaks for retirees and state taxes on other retirement income see the complete guide to taxes on retirees in Texas .

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Virginia

Sales Tax: 5.3% state levy, including 1% that is allocated to local governments. Northern Virginia and the Hampton Roads area have an additonal 0.7% sales tax to pay for transportation improvements, giving the state an average combined rate of 5.65%, according to the Tax Foundation. Groceries are taxed at 2.5% statewide.

Income Tax Range: Low: 2% (on up to $3,000 of taxable income). High: 5.75% (on taxable income over $17,000).

Property Taxes: The median property tax on Virginia's median home value of $248,400 is $1,973.

Inheritance and Estate Taxes: There is no inheritance tax or estate tax.

For details on tax breaks for retirees and state taxes on other retirement income see the complete guide to taxes on retirees in Virginia .

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Washington

Sales Tax: 6.5% state levy. Municpalities can add up to 3.9% to that, with the average combined rate at 9.19%, according to the Tax Foundation.

Income Tax Range: Washington has no state income tax.

Property Taxes: The median property tax on Washington's median home value of $269,300 is $2,860.

Inheritance and Estate Taxes: An estate tax is imposed on estates exceeding $2.193 million. Rates range from 10% to 20%. Washington offers an additional $2.5 million deduction for family-owned businesses valued at less than $6 million. There is no inheritance tax.

For details on tax breaks for retirees and state taxes on other retirement income see the complete guide to taxes on retirees in Washington state .

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Wisconsin

Sales Tax: 5% state levy. Municipalities can add up to 1.75% to that, but in most locations the local rate is 0.5%, with the average combined rate at 5.44%, according to the Tax Foundation.

Income Tax Range: Low: 4.0% (on up to $11,450 of taxable income for singles or up to $15,270 for married couples). High: 7.65% (on taxable income over $252,150 for singles or over $336,200 for married couples). Effective income tax rate: 5.5%/single, 5.5%/married.

Property Taxes: The median property tax on Wisconsin's median home value of $167,000 is $3,257.

Inheritance and Estate Taxes: There is no inheritance tax or estate tax.

For details on tax breaks for retirees and state taxes on other retirement income see the complete guide to taxes on retirees in Wisconsin .

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Wyoming

Sales Tax: 4% state levy. Municipalities can add up to 2% to that, with a combined rate of 5.39%, according to the Tax Foundation.

Income Tax Range: Wyoming has no state income tax.

Property Taxes: The median property tax on Wyoming's median home value of $199,900 is $1,223.

Inheritance and Estate Taxes: There is no inheritance tax or estate tax.

For details on tax breaks for retirees and state taxes on other retirement income see the complete guide to taxes on retirees in Wyoming .

SEE ALSO: Most-Overlooked Tax Breaks for Retirees



Also: Washington, D.C.

Sales Tax: 5.75%

Income Tax Range: Low: 4% (on taxable income up to $10,000). High: 8.95% (on taxable income above $1,000,000). Effective income tax rate: 5.5%/individual, 7.3%/joint.

Property Taxes: The median property tax on the District of Columbia's median home value of $506,100 is $2,811.

Inheritance and Estate Taxes: Estates valued over $5.6 million are subject to estate tax. Rates range from 8% to 16%. There is no inheritance tax.

For details on tax breaks for retirees and state taxes on other retirement income see the complete guide to taxes on retirees in Washington, D.C. .

SEE ALSO: 50 Best Places to Retire in the U.S.



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