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I am retired and my only income is SS retirement benefits.

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I am retired and my only income is SS retirement benefits. My wife works and will make about $40,000.00 in 2017. I want to file married filing separate for 2017 - avoiding an any tax on my SS benefits Can I do this?

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You woudl have to look at half your SSA benefits to see if you are required to file. Generally you look at all your other income and half your SSA benefits to see your BASE amount for SSA taxable. If you file MFS your BASE amount is $0, That means that half your SSA is considered taxable.

If half of the SSA is enough to require you file then you will find that you will owe when you file.

If half your SSA is at least $9,325 then you have to file.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
I personally have zero other income. I understand that if SS is my only source of income, it is not taxable. Yes? No?

No.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
sorry - I may not understand.
Is my SS money taxable or not taxable - it is my only source of income.

It depends on how much your SSA benefits are

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I would have to know the actual amount of benefits you are receiving

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
OK - I'll check.Thanks
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You are welcome.

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