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No one pays federal income tax on more than 85 percent of his or her Social Security benefits based on Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules. YOu take half your SSA and all your other income and add them together. That is your COMBINED INCOME.
more than $34,000, up to 85 percent of your benefits may be taxable.
file a joint return, and you and your spouse have a combined income * that is
more than $44,000, up to 85 percent of your benefits may be taxable.
If you are single Based on the worksheet provided in the most recent IRS Publication 915, your Social Security benefit(s) of $27,600 will be 85% taxable increasing your taxable income by $23,460 and creating a federal income tax liability of $5,161.