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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

State Income Taxation of Railroad Retirement Benefits

(Posted April 2, 2009)

Question 694: Can you tell me which states do not tax Railroad Retirement payments?

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. If you live in a State not listed above, you should contact the State agency responcible for administering the income tax provisions for more information.


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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