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Military Retired, Looking to Relocate to NC or VA

JimCR120

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#1
I was wondering if any in my FT family had firsthand knowledge of military benefits in North Carolina or Virginia.

I want to move to one of the 2 states as a new home but would like to narrow my search if possible. One way to narrow it is by the benefits of living in one state over the other. For example some states say military retirement might be taxed. If this (or some other consideration) is significant I would rather know about it now and figure it in to our decision than realize too late that we chose the lesser preferred.

If you are a veteran and live in NC or VA then please post here or PM me.

I already know that both states are significantly closer to Ohio (Flite Fest). That is already a noted benefit.
 

PsyBorg

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#2
Having spent time in the Tidewater area (back in the 80's) i remember that military people in a lot of the areas were people to be prey'd upon.

Some businesses run by retired military were good to you. Others only wanted your money and would take advantage as much as possible.

Crime was higher and military families were targets specially one that had people on deployment.

This is common in any military town as you know.

Now the respect for those who serve (d) has changed since that era so it may be better now. My suggestion would be at least one full town between you and aby major bases or schools.

The Carolina's were better in that regard but then you get more into hurricane ally the further south you get. Give that possibility some thought when choosing where to go as well.

The Carolina coast is good if you plan on being a surfer dude in your old age :p too! Ya cant forget that ya know. Mind the sharks though. You cant fly if your extremities are missing.
 

JimCR120

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#3
Thanks for the tips.

I'm looking for more of a rural area that falls within 30 minutes of some place my wife could shop.
Most of everything we've considered over half an hour away from the coast which generally helps for property taxes.
WIth my new employment in the USPS, work shouldn't be too difficult, just an office transfer to a place where there is an opening. They're all posted online now.

One main reason I brought this up was because online it says that VA taxes military retirement pay and NC partially does. I was wanting to see if I could determine how much this would affect me financially.
 
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PsyBorg

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#4
Call the prospective county you are looking at chamber of commerce and ask for a reccomendation who to ask in the local tax department?

They usually have people on hand to answer question people have who are looking to move to the area.
 

JimCR120

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#5
For property taxes I think that makes sense but it's the income tax that I'm focusing on. I don't want to pay more than necessary and if staying on one side of the line will alleviate some tax burden then I am willing to do that.
 
#6
Neither VA nor NC offer any benefits regarding retirement pay. However, I've settled in the northern VA area, well west of the DC metro area. You might consider the area near Winchester, VA (see the linked article).

https://www.kiplinger.com/article/retirement/T006-C000-S002-10-great-places-to-retire-in-2015.html

This area is close to all sorts of outdoor activities, such as camping/hiking, canoeing, etc. Plus, it's a relatively short drive into the DC area if you enjoy the metro scene and all the great museums DC has to offer. Winchester has plenty of shopping, too, as well as an excellent hospital. Additionally, the area has been building many satellite hospitals in the smaller surrounding towns.

There are also several military installations in the DC metro area that give you commissary and BX/PX access. As well as smaller ANG and Coast Guard facilities closer to Winchester and the WV panhandle that do ID card renewals.

Property taxes are reasonable, but certainly not the lowest you'll find; plus VA has a personal property tax on vehicles -- it's been greatly reduced over the last years, but is still a budgetary consideration.

I live near Front Royal, VA -- please PM me if you'd like additional info.
 

SlingShot

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#7
I was wondering if any in my FT family had firsthand knowledge of military benefits in North Carolina or Virginia.

I want to move to one of the 2 states as a new home but would like to narrow my search if possible. One way to narrow it is by the benefits of living in one state over the other. For example some states say military retirement might be taxed. If this (or some other consideration) is significant I would rather know about it now and figure it in to our decision than realize too late that we chose the lesser preferred.

If you are a veteran and live in NC or VA then please post here or PM me.

I already know that both states are significantly closer to Ohio (Flite Fest). That is already a noted benefit.
https://www.retirementliving.com/taxes-by-state

This looks like a good starting place. I would be inclined to examine the "1040" instructions for your target states.
 

aspieman

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#8
Thanks for the tips.

I'm looking for more of a rural area that falls within 30 minutes of some place my wife could shop.
Most of everything we've considered over half an hour away from the coast which generally helps for property taxes.
WIth my new employment in the USPS, work shouldn't be too difficult, just an office transfer to a place where there is an opening. They're all posted online now.

One main reason I brought this up was because online it says that VA taxes military retirement pay and NC partially does. I was wanting to see if I could determine how much this would affect me financially.
how do u work if u r retirement? i thoht u can only get retirement when u old liek 67 an den cant work no more. my uncel also says i shuld look 4 work in the post office. dats wot usps is rite? i try an look and can u tel me wot kind of exam dey do for dis job? https://wp1-ext.usps.gov/sap/bc/web...m_tradeshow_2&sap-client=010&sap-language=EN#