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How Southern States Tax Retirees

Each state has its own set of rules for how retirees are taxed based on their income.

Below are a few southern states and their general rules for taxing retirement income:


The majority of retirement income is taxed by the state of Georgia, but some decent exclusions apply. Those aged 62 and up can exclude upwards of $35,000 from their retirement income. Those 65 and older can exclude as much as $65,000.

Social Security is not taxable, pensions are partially taxable, 401(k) and IRA distributions are partially taxable, and taxable income is taxed at a flat rate of 5.49%. More here.


There’s a reason so many retirees spend their golden years in Florida and it’s not because of the sunshine and warm weather. Florida has no state income tax regardless of age, so your pensions, social security, 401(k)s and IRA distributions will be tax-free. Estate and inheritance taxes don’t apply either. More here.


Retirees aged 65 or older are tax-exempt on their first $6,000 in income or distributions from retirement accounts in the state of Florida.

Taxable income is taxed at 2% for the first $500 (single filers) or $1,000 (joint filers) on the lowest end and at a high of 5% on more than $3,000 (single filers) and $6,000 (joint filers).

Social security and pensions are not taxable and 401(k)s / IRA distributions are partially taxable. More here.

South Carolina

Retirement income in South Carolina is tax-exempt up to $10,000. Taxable income beyond the first $10,000 will be taxed as income in accordance with the general population and rules.

Taxable income is taxed at a low 0% for the first $3,200 and at a high of 6.4% for taxable income beyond $16,040.

Social Security is not taxable in SC while pensions and 401(k) / IRA distributions are partially taxable. More here.


Like Florida, there is no state income tax in Tennessee. There are also no estate or inheritance taxes. More here.

North Carolina

Like Georgia, most retirement income is taxed, but a low flat income tax rate that is expected to continue decreasing over the next few years offsets this.

The 2024 flat rate for income tax is 4.5% and will lower to 3.99% by 2027.

Social security is not taxable in NC but pensions and 401(k) / IRA distributions are taxable. More here

Tax Season and Financial Professionals

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