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I want to know why I am paying social security taxes on my

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I want to know why I am paying social security taxes on my SS and Teacher Retirement at the age of 68? I pay federal and state taxes on the TRS and now I realize that my SS tax has to be paid for my 2014 income taxes. Which taxes am I exempted from paying?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  Arthur Rubin replied 11 months ago.

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I don't fully understand you. If your modified income (generally, your TRS plus investment income plus tax-exempt interest plus half of Social Security) is greater than a certain amount ($25,000 if you are filing as "Single"), some of your Social Security income is taxable for (Federal) income tax purposes. And, due to the GPO (Government Pension Offset), your TRS pension may reduce your Social Security income.

I can explain why the GPO was implemented, but Social Security income being taxable is just an act of Congress. There are many of those which nobody can explain.

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