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kindsmith
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Social Security and Retirement Startup

Hi,

Can you tell me what to do to begin to apply for Social Security And what will I need to do to file Pension income on my income taxes?

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kindsmith
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Social Security and Retirement Startup

I will be 65 in December and I will apply for my teachers pension and Social Security. I worked at Spiegel"s mail order for 20 years.

Social Security and Retirement Startup

You can complete an application for Retirement, Spouse's, Medicare or Disability Benefits online.

If you cannot submit your application online:

  • You can call us at 1-800-772-1213 (TTY 1-800-325-0778); or
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, visits to our offices are by appointment only for certain services. Please visit our Coronavirus page to see if you may be eligible for an in-person appointment.

If you live outside the U.S. you can contact the Federal Benefits Unit that provides service to your country of residence.

 

You will pay tax on only 85 percent of your Social Security benefits, based on Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules. If you:

  • file a federal tax return as an "individual" and your combined income* is
    • between $25,000 and $34,000, you may have to pay income tax on up to 50 percent of your benefits.
    • 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
    • between $32,000 and $44,000, you may have to pay income tax on up to 50 percent of your benefits.
    • more than $44,000, up to 85 percent of your benefits may be taxable.
  • are married and file a separate tax return, you probably will pay taxes on your benefits.
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drc845443
Employee Tax Expert

Social Security and Retirement Startup

Hi there,

You can apply for Social Security Benefits online. The link below provides detailed information on the application process, documents and info you need to apply: 

https://www.ssa.gov/benefits/retirement/apply.html#h1

 

When you begin to draw your pension, your plan administrator will send you a Form 1099-R at the end of each year. This document will summarize your pension earnings for the year and you will use it to prepare your tax return.

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