You spend your life working hard to build a nest egg, saving toward retirement in hopes of maintaining a comfortable lifestyle and enjoying the fruits of your labor.

There are a number of things that could compromise your retirement income—some that you can control and some you cannot. One aspect of managing expenses in retirement that could impact your finances is the tax environment in the state which you will reside.

Do you see yourself enjoying the salty air on the beach or would you prefer to cozy up by the fireplace in the mountains? Lifestyle preferences aside, it is important to consider the tax implications of your state of residence in retirement. Some states offer tax advantages, which may yield savings, that could result in increasing the amount of your retirement income, providing additional cash flow to put aside for health care costs or other unexpected needs. Of course, everything is dependent upon your individual circumstances, but here is a general guide to some of the most tax-friendly states for retirees. 

How Retirees pay taxes per state

Map shows states that do not tax social security benefits and have no state income tax
Map shows states that do not tax social security benefits and no state sales tax

Considering Long-Term Care Costs

Beyond taxes at the state level, another important driver of costs in retirement is long-term care. How do these particular states rank by long-term care costs? As the cost of health care continues to rise, it is also important to consider the estimated cost of long-term care (i.e., assisted living facility or home care), when making important decisions about your cost of living in retirement. Note that the rates differ widely depending on state, facility, level of care, duration of stay, and other factors.
Top 10 Tax-Advantaged States for Retirees
 Social Security TaxState Income TaxState Sales TaxAverage Cost, Semi-Private Nursing Home Room per Month
New HampshireNoNoNo$9,657
South DakotaNoNoYes$6,300
Table 1, Source: AARP; Genworth Cost of Care Survey
Tax Considerations in Additional States in which Janney Operates
 Social Security TaxState Income TaxState Sales TaxAverage Cost, Semi-Private Nursing Home Room per Month
New JerseyNoYesYes$10,038
New YorkNoYesYes$11,076
North CarolinaNoYesYes$6,844
Rhode IslandYesYesYes$8,486
South CarolinaNoYesYes$6,418
Washington DCNoYesYes$9,870
West VirginiaYesYesYes$9,703

Table 2, Source: AARP; Genworth Cost of Care Survey

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