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Stop, Look & Listen: Railroad Retirement Benefits Q&A

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

States That Do Not Tax Railroad Retirement

(Posted June 4, 2001)

Question 105: I'm about to decide where to move to. Can you tell me which states exempt Railroad Retirement payments from income taxes?

Answer: The following nine states do not have personal income taxes: Alaska, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming.

The following 14 states have personal income taxes but generally exempt retirement benefits from taxation: Alabama, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Kenrucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

Other states with personal income taxes might exempt a portion of Railroad Retirement payments.

Before making such an important decision, you should personally confirm the income tax status of Railroad Retirement payments with the state agency administering its income tax program.


Important notice:

Answers are provided as general guidance on the subjects covered in the question and are not provided as legal advice to the questioner or to readers. Any legal issues should be reviewed by your legal counsel to apply the law to the particular facts of this and similar situations.

The law in this area changes frequently. Answers are believed to be correct as of the posting dates shown. The completeness or accuracy of a particular answer may be affected by changes in the law (statutes, regulations, rulings, court decisions, etc.) that occur after the date on which a particular Q&A is posted.


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