Question of the Day [Updated]: How many states do not have state income taxes?

Mar 22, 2021
Question of the Day, Taxes

Did you know that most people have to file tax returns for BOTH federal AND state income taxes? Listed below are 8 states that do not (as of 3/16/2021) have state income taxes. 

Answer: 8 states including Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming

Note: New Hampshire taxes investment income but will eliminate those taxes by 2024. 



  • How does your state's tax rate compare to other neighboring states? 
  • Do you think that states that have high state income tax rates (e.g., CA and NY) have to pay higher salaries to compensate employees for these high taxes? Why or why not?
  • Can you name common taxes that people pay other than state and federal income taxes? 

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Behind the numbers: (Investopedia):

"Everybody wants a lower tax bill. One way to accomplish that might be to live in a state with no income tax. As of 2021, seven states — Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming — levy no state income tax. Two others, New Hampshire and Tennessee don't tax earned wages. While Tennessee used to tax investment income and interest, the Hall income tax was fully repealed on Jan. 1, 2021.

New Hampshire currently taxes investment income and interest, but it is set to eliminate those taxes soon. That will bring the number of states with no income tax to nine by 2024."


Good news for those wondering about updated tax resources. NGPF recently updated the Taxes Unit!


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After graduating from UCLA with a Master's in Education, Mason spent 5 years as a science educator in a South Los Angeles public high school. He is committed to supporting the holistic growth of all students and empowering them to live a life of relational, academic, and financial success. Now settled in the Bay Area, Mason enjoys facilitating professional developments and partnering with educators as they prepare students for a bright financial future. When Mason is not building curriculum or planning a training, he can be found cycling, trying new foods, and exploring the outdoors.