Each year the SSA will provide you with a form SSA-1099. This form will tell you how much money you received from the SSA in Social Security Disability benefits. You will use this form to fill out your income tax return.
(1) All taxpayers who are claimed as a dependent on someone's tax return are subject to different IRS filing requirements, regardless of whether they are children or adults. Since a dependent is unable to claim their own exemption, a tax return is necessary when their earned income is more than the standard deduction for a single taxpayer, which in 2015 is $6,300. However, the threshold decreases to more than $1,000 when the dependent's income is unearned.
(2) Put the total amount of your Social Security benefits on line 20a of IRS Form 1040.
(3) Complete a "Social Security Benefits Worksheet" which is available in the Instructions for IRS Form 1040 on page 26. This form will determine whether or not you have to pay taxes on your Social Security benefits.
(4) Write the amount of taxable Social Security benefits obtained in step 4 on line 20b of your 1040.
(5) Fill out the remaining portions of IRS Form 1040 and submit it to the IRS per instructions on the form. If you owe taxes and are unable to afford the full amount, contact the IRS to arrange a payment plan.
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