Taxes in Florida


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Florida is one of the nation’s most tax-friendly states for retirees, but working residents benefit from these exemptions, too. Below, we explain various Florida state taxes affecting retirement income, such as sales tax, inheritance tax, and property taxes.

For information regarding taxes in other states, see Retirement Taxes by State.

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Florida Tax Rates

State Sales Tax6%
Avg State/Local Sales Tax7.01%
Gas Tax$0.19 per gallon
Diesel Tax$0.19 per gallon
Cigarette Tax$1.34 per pack
Income Tax0%
Effective Tax Rate:0%
Property Tax0.89%
Social Security TaxNone
Medical/Dental Deduction:Yes
Federal Income Tax Deduction:Yes
Retirement TaxNone
State Taxes in Florida

Florida State Taxes Explained

Florida Sales Tax

6% (food, prescription and over-the-counter drugs exempt). Additional local sales and special district taxes can increase the combined rate as high as 8%.

Florida Income Taxes

Florida does not impose a state income tax.

Florida Property Taxes

Florida’s average effective real estate tax rate is 0.89%, or $1,914 on a $215,300 home.
Taxpayers who own a permanent residence in Florida are eligible to receive a homestead exemption of up to $50,000. The first $25,000 applies to all property taxes. The additional exemption of up to $25,000 applies to the home’s assessed value between $50,000 and $75,000 and only offsets nonschool taxes.

Municipal governments may have an ordinance granting seniors over age 65 another $50,000 exemption. Some Florida counties exempt property tax 100% on real estate valued at less than $250,000 when the homeowner makes it the permanent residence for 25 or more years.

Veterans who are 65 or who are partially or totally permanently disabled may qualify for a property tax discount on their home. The discount is equal to the percentage of the veteran’s permanent, service-connected disability as determined by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

See the Florida Department of Revenue Property Tax Oversight page to find details about real estate taxes in the county you’re considering for retirement.

Florida Retirement Taxes

Florida does not tax retirement income.

Florida Estate and Inheritance Taxes

There is no inheritance tax or estate tax in Florida.

For general information on Florida taxes, visit the Florida Department of Revenue. New residents can review tax information here.

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