Are my social security benefits taxable?

I am often asked, “are my social security benefits taxable?”  As with many income tax questions, the answer is “it depends.”

Social security benefits may be included in taxable income if your combined income exceeds certain levels. Combined income is your essentially your income from all other sources (wages, IRAs, dividends, etc.) plus one half of your social security benefits.  Below are the thresholds and the portion of your social security benefits that will be included in your taxable income if your combined income exceeds the thresholds.

Single or Head of Household

Up to 50% taxable with $25,000 combined income

Up to 85% taxable with $34,000 combined income

Married Filing Jointly

Up to 50% taxable with $32,000 combined income

Up to 85% taxable with $44,000 combined income

Note that 50% and 85% are not the tax rates.  These are the percentages of your social security that will be included in your taxable income and taxed at your overall marginal tax rate.



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