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Do I have to pay taxes on my social security benefits?

Tax_questionQ) Do I have to pay taxes on my social security benefits?

A) According to the IRS: Social security benefits include monthly retirement, survivor, and disability benefits. They do not include supplemental security income (SSI) payments, which are not taxable. The amount of social security benefits that must be included on your income tax return and used to calculate your income tax liability depends on the total amount of your income and benefits for the taxable year.

To find out whether any of your benefits may be taxable, compare the base amount for your filing status with the total of:

  • One-half of your benefits.
  • All of your other income, including tax-exempt interest.

The base amount for your filing status is shown next:

  • $25,000 if you are single, head of household, or qualifying widow(er),
  • $25,000 if you are married filing separately and lived apart from your spouse for the entire year,
  • $32,000 if you are married filing jointly.
  • $-0- if you are married filing separately and live with your spouse at any time during the tax year.

If you are married and file a joint return, you and your spouse must combine your incomes and social security benefits when figuring the taxable portion of your benefits.  Even if your spouse did not receive any benefits, you must add your spouse’s income to yours when figuring if any of your benefits are taxable, if you file a joint return.




 

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Can I receive a tax refund if I am currently making tax payments on prior years?

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not yet received the rest of my federal refund .. over 5000$

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Self-employment tax

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Can I pay my state taxes that I owe at the IRS office or a state office and not mail it in or go online?

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If you receive a letter or notice from the IRS

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Limited Liability Company (LLC)

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 I want to know why I have not yet received my 2014 refund?

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What is a Partnership?

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Husband and Wife Business – What is a Qualified Joint Venture?

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Should self-employment taxes be paid quarterly or yearly?

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How do I turn a employee in for not holding out taxes

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I claim my daughter as a dependent, she is in college can she claim her own personal exemption.

Q) I claim my daughter as a dependent, she is in college can she claim her own personal exemption. A) According the IRS; If you can claim an exemption for your daughter as a dependent on your income tax return, she cannot claim her own personal exemption on her income tax return. If an individual is filingContinue Reading

How Do I File My Annual Return?

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Q) We bought our home in 2000 for $60,500. We sold it this last July for $60,000. How do I put this on my income tax return for 2018? A) Most people use the Schedule D form to report capital gains and losses that result from the sale or trade of certain property during the year. As ofContinue Reading

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How will I know if IRS received my tax return and it’s being processed?

Q) How will I know if IRS received my tax return and it’s being processed? A) According to the IRS – You can use the Where’s My Refund? tool to follow your tax return from receipt to issuance of your refund. While your tax return is being processed you can follow it through three stages: Return Received,Refund Approved and Refund Sent.

I have a IRS payment plan..can’t afford to pay my plan at this time

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I have seven Children can i claim them all on my taxes

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can i pay on line my taxes and get a receipt at the same time?

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What is the phone number for the IRS so I may talk to someone

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Filed taxes feb.12,2013 for 2012 still have not received them online

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What is the phone number for the IRS so I may talk to someone

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What happens if I file my IRS taxes late?

According to the IRS – April 15 is the annual deadline for most people to file their federal income tax return and pay any taxes they owe. By law, the IRS may assess penalties to taxpayers for both failing to file a tax return and for failing to pay taxes they owe by the deadline.Continue Reading

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How do I get my W-2 when my employer refuses to send me one?

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How do I request a non-filing verification letter?

Q) How do I request a non-filing verification letter? A) An IRS Verification of Non-filing Letter – provides proof that the IRS has no record of a filed Form 1040, 1040A or 1040EZ for the year you requested. Non Tax filers can request an IRS Verification of Non-filing of their 2015 tax return status, free of charge,Continue Reading

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How can I get letter stating I have a zero balance with Colorado?

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How Do I Claim Earned Income Tax Credit?

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I filed electronically (e-filing) but my tax return was rejected. What do I do now?

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What are the penalties for filing and paying my taxes late?

Q) What are the penalties for filing and paying my taxes late? A) According to the IRS, Interest is compounded daily and charged on any unpaid tax from the due date of the return (without regard to any extension of time to file) until the date of payment. The interest rate is the federal short-term rate plusContinue Reading

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Who is a qualifying child for Earned Income Tax Credit?

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I received a letter stating I owe taxes on a non profit business, what form should I fill out for a non profit

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