Many people may not realize the Social Security benefits they received in 2012 may be taxable. All Social Security recipients should receive a Form SSA-1099 from the Social Security administration which shows the total amount of their benefits. You can use this information to help you determine if your benefits are taxable.
- How much – if any – of your Social Security benefits are taxable depends on your total income and marital status.
- Generally, if Social Security benefits were your only income for 2012, your benefits are not taxable and you probably do not need to file a federal income tax return.
- If you received income from other sources, your benefits will not be taxed unless your modified adjusted gross income is more than the base amount for your filing status (see below).
- The 2011 (2012 not yet available) base amounts are:
- $32,000 for married couples filing jointly.
- $25,000 for single, head of household, qualifying widow/widower with a dependent child, or married individuals filing separately who did not live with their spouse at any time during the year.
- $0 for married persons filing separately who lived together during the year.
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