Are you, clients, family or friends planning to relocate from one state to another?  Are there appreciated assets intended for sale in the future that would produce a taxable capital gain?   9 states in the US have no state income tax.  Consulting with a tax professional is very important as part of planning for the move.  Sales of appreciated assets would ideally be done while still a resident of a no-income tax state, or after establishing residency in a no-income tax state.  Such assets may include real estate or stocks, for example.   The rules for establishing residency can vary by state and should be understood in the planning of sales of appreciated assets as well.

Example:  We advised a client moving from Texas to California to consult with his tax professional after he stated his intent to sell a large stock portfolio in the future.  Texas has no state income tax and California does, with a base starting tax rate of 9.3%.  He decided to sell the portfolio while still a Texas resident and avoided significant CA tax by doing so.

The following 9 states currently have no state income tax.


Alaska Florida Nevada New Hampshire South Dakota Tennessee • Texas Washington Wyoming


Note:  New Hampshire residents must pay income tax on interest and dividends.

Note:  Washington state residents must pay capital gain tax on long-term gains for assets held for 1 year or longer.  There are separate rules in WA state regarding income levels and their capital gain tax.

Opes Wealth Management is a financial advisory and wealth management firm and cannot provide tax advice.  This information is intended to alert you to seek professional tax advice for the sale of appreciated assets, whether moving to a new state or remaining in your domicile state, for tax planning purposes.

Please call to learn more about Opes Wealth’s services and how we may be of help in your planning and wealth building goals.  Services are available nationwide.

Written by Ann Timoney

Personal Financial Advisor, CFP®

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Ann joined Opes in 2004 as a Mortgage Advisor when the firm offered integrated mortgage, financial planning and investment management services. She was attracted to the opportunity to become a Personal Financial Advisor in 2006 to help her clients with their real estate decisions in the high-cost Silicon Valley area, and financial planning for their long-term goals.

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