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Lone Star State Is Not As Tax-Friendly As You Thought

According to Kiplinger, the Lone Star State is one of the least tax-friendly states for retirees. The thought that probably comes to mind when reading that sentence is; “Wait, but how is that possible if we don’t have to pay income taxes.” While that might be true, the reality is that a lot of states don’t even tax those types of retirement income like; Social Security benefits, pensions, 401(k)s, and IRAs.

Texas’ real problem is its property tax rate, which is the seventh-highest median in the country. The state offers an additional homestead exemption, a valuation freeze program, and the ability to defer property taxes, but those benefits are not enough to make it a tax-friendly state for retirees, as reported by Kiplinger.  

Here is a list of Texas taxes on retirees:

  • State Income Tax Range: none
  • Taxation of Social Security Benefits: none
  • Tax Breaks for Other Retirement Income: none
  • Averaged Combined State and Local Sales Tax Rate: 8.19%, which is the 14th-highest combined rate in the country.
  • Median Property Tax Rate: $1,692 per $100,000 of assessed home value.

    That means a bill of around $4,230 for a couple with the $250,000 home and $5,922 for the couple with the $350,000 home.
  • Estate Tax or Inheritance Tax: none
  • Annual Car Taxes and Fees: annual vehicle registration fee is imposed and additional local fees might apply. 
Written by RA News staff.


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