Are Social Security benefits non-taxable in all situations?
- December 30, 2022
- David Greene
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The answer is both “yes and “no.” Here’s what I mean. If your Social Security is truly your only income, it is not taxable. This is true whether it is Social Security Disability or your entitlement based on your age. However, if a taxpayer has a different source of income or has an unexpected income stream in a year, the Social Security benefits may be taxable. For instance, he may have a part time job or win a lawsuit or, a very common one, may have a debt forgiven, because the amount forgiven becomes income to the debtor. In these cases, a percentage of your Social Security benefits becomes taxable on a sliding scale, from 0% to 85% of your Social Security. Therefore, earning a small amount of extra money may not impact your Social Security, but a large amount will result in taxation of your Social Security, up to 85%. This will be taxed at your normal tax rate.