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Social Security benefits are non-taxable or partially taxable, depending on how much extra income you are generating from other sources.
Filing status Base amount Additional amount
Single $25,000 $34,000
If your provisional income is below the base amounts for your filing status, then your Social Security benefits are completely non-taxable. If you provisional income is between the base amount and the additional amount, then half of your Social Security benefits over the base amount are taxable. If your provisional income is over the additional amount, then $4,500 plus 85% of your Social Security benefits over the additional amount are taxable. The taxable portion of your Social Security benefits cannot exceed 85% of your total benefits. It is doubtful with only alimony that you would need to pay taxes on this income. So most likely the social security income will not be taxable. The alimony on the other hand is taxable as income to you at 100%.
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