Is Social Security Income Taxable?


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Social Security income is only federally taxed if an individual or married couple's total combined income exceeds a certain threshold. Each state has its own unique rules about taxation of Social Security benefits.

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The federal government uses combined income to determine if Social Security benefits can be taxed. For an individual, this amounts to adjusted gross income and non-taxable interest plus one half of the individual's benefits. As of 2015, if this amount is below $25,000, then benefits are not taxed. The threshold for married couples is $32,000. Between 50 to 85 percent of Social Security benefits can be taxed if the combined income exceeds these amounts.

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