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There are two separate issues here. If you took early social security benefits (before your full retirement age), your benefits were reduced if you made more than 15,720 annually. The period runs from January 1 through December 31.
If and how much of your benefits are taxable depends on your total income and your filing status.
What was your total income in 2015, how much of it was socials security benefits and what is your filing status?
Here's how benefits are taxed when you have earned income: https://www.ssa.gov/planners/taxes.html
Social security will reduce your benefits if you earn more than allowed during the year. The IRS will tax your benefits if your total income is more than certain limits.
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