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Taxes in Iowa

Updated: January 18, 2023
By: Lauren Hamer
Lauren Hamer
Bringing more than a decade of editorial experience to Retirement Living, Lauren focuses on reporting senior-related issues, including retirement planning, finance, consumer protection, and health and wellness. Lauren has edited consumer content for Credible, Angi, Slickdeals, Jobs for the Future, and more.
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Source: Retirement Living

Iowa introduced several significant tax changes recently, most notably exempting some retirement income from state tax beginning in the tax year 2023. Below, we explain various Iowa 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.

Iowa Tax Rates

State Taxes in Iowa
State Sales Tax 7%
Avg State/Local Sales Tax 7%
Gas Tax $0.50 per gallon
Diesel Tax $0.54 per gallon
Cigarette Tax $0.995 per pack
Income Tax 3.23%
Effective Tax Rate: 3.23%
Property Tax 0.86%
Social Security Tax None
Medical/Dental Deduction: Full
Federal Income Tax Deduction: None
Retirement Tax None

Iowa State Taxes Explained

Iowa Sales Tax

7%, with no local taxes.

Iowa now exempts diapers and menstrual products from its sales tax, as of January 2022.

Iowa Income Taxes

In 2022, Iowa consolidated its nine individual income tax rates into four. The top rate decreased from 8.53% to 6%. By 2026, the state is expected to shift to a flat tax rate of 3.9%.

Iowa Property Taxes

Iowa’s effective property tax rate is 1.56%, or $2,219 on the $142,300 median home value. Iowa property taxes vary by county. There are more than 2,000 taxing authorities in the state, and multiple authorities tax most property.

Iowa offers several property tax relief programs, some specifically for seniors and retired military members. The Rent Reimbursement and Property Tax Credit is available for citizens who are 65 and older or at least 18 years old with a disability. Income must be under $23,810. Approved applicants who own a home or mobile home get a credit on their property tax bill. Renters receive a rebate check.

See Iowa Tax Credits and Exemptions for a full list of property tax relief available from the state.

Iowa Retirement Taxes

Social Security and military pensions are fully exempt. Beginning in 2023, all retirement income is exempt for taxpayers 55 and older.

Iowa Estate and Inheritance Taxes

Iowa’s inheritance tax ranges from 0% to 15%. The tax amount depends on the relationship the heir has to the decedent and the amount of the inheritance. Exceptions are surviving spouses and lineal relatives (for example, children or parents) pay no tax if the estate’s net value is less than $25,000.

Iowa imposes no estate tax.

For further information, visit the Iowa Department of Revenue or see the state’s Contact page for phone numbers or email addresses.