Are My Social Security Benefits Taxable?

Social SecurityToday many folks find themselves working into the Social Security years, whether by choice or necessity. Our Firm fields this question regularly. If Social Security was your only source of income in 2013, your benefits may not be taxable. You also may not need to file a federal income tax return. If you get income from other sources, then you may have to pay taxes on some of your benefits.

A quick and dirty rule of thumb is to add one-half of your Social Security benefits to all your other income, including any tax-exempt interest. Next, compare this total to the base amounts below. If your total is more than the base amount for your filing status, then some of your benefits may be taxable. The three base amounts are:

  • $25,000 – for single, head of household, qualifying widow or widower with a dependent child or married individuals filing separately who did not live with their spouse at any time during the year
  • $32,000 -for married couples filing jointly
  • $0 – for married persons filing separately who lived together at any time during the year

Please contact your tax accountant for a determination on the taxability of your social security benefits.  If you do not have a tax accountant, Langdon & Company LLP’s tax professionals are well versed on these rules, contact us today.