North Carolina Tax Rates, Collections, and Charges North Carolina has a state sales tax rate of 4.75 percent, a maximum local sales tax rate of 2.75 percent, and a combined average state and local sales tax rate of 6.98 percent. Income from a pension, 401 (k), IRA, or any other type of retirement account is taxed at the North Carolina state income tax rate of 5.25%. Other taxes North Carolina seniors and retirees may have to pay include state sales and property taxes, which are moderate. Compared to the average for all states, North Carolina increases relatively more from individual income taxes and general sales taxes and receives relatively less from property taxes and corporate profits, as well as other taxes and fees.
I'll let you decide if North Carolina has the correct levels and types of taxes revealed in the Annual Facts and Figures. On the contrary, thanks to a decade of conservative leadership, North Carolina has been a regional leader in reducing the tax burden on its citizens. In general, people living in North or South Carolina enjoy a reasonable fiscal climate compared to the rest of the nation. All Social Security retirement income can be subtracted from your taxable income when you file your North Carolina tax return.
Retirees with investment income outside of a retirement account should know that capital gains in North Carolina are treated as regular income. Seniors with significant income from sources other than Social Security will have a higher tax bill in North Carolina. North Carolina also imposes a tax on the use of personal property, digital property, and some services purchased out of state for use in the state. Sales taxes in North Carolina have a base rate on goods and some services of 4.75%, and most counties add another 2% or more to local taxes.
Each state's tax code is a multifaceted system with many moving parts, and North Carolina is no exception. North Carolina doesn't use other taxes, such as property taxes and general sales taxes, which many states use to supplement their gasoline tax money. From the Outer Banks to the Smoky Mountains, there are many wonderful places in North Carolina to settle down for your retirement. Walden is William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor and Extension Economist in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at North Carolina State University, who teaches and writes about personal finance, economic perspectives, and public policy.