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My husband filed married separated as we live separate lives. I only get social security and need to know if I have to file. Thank you.

We live in NJ

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My husband filed married separated as we live separate lives. I only get social security and need to know if I have to file. Thank you.

File as married filing separately in New Jersy
KatrinaB
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My husband filed married separated as we live separate lives. I only get social security and need to know if I have to file. Thank you.

You are not required to file a federal tax return since your only income is from social security benefits. 

You are not required to file a New Jersey state return either. Social Security income is not taxable in that state. Please view the New Jersey link below for more information. 

https://www.state.nj.us/treasury/taxation/njit6.shtml

My husband filed married separated as we live separate lives. I only get social security and need to know if I have to file. Thank you.

"Separate lives"  Does that mean that you lived apart?
Are you filing a Married Filing Separate Federal tax return?

If you lived together at any time during 2018 then you must file a Federal tax return since 100% of Social Security is taxable up to 85% of the SS income.  if Marred Filing Separately and you lived with your spouse anytime during the year.

IRS Pub 915 page 3 for the base amount before SS is taxed.
For MFS and lived with spouse it is zero.
<a rel="nofollow" target="_blank" href="https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p915.pdf">https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p915.pdf</a>

Who must file IRS Pub 17 page 6.    Married Filing Separately must file if over $5.00 of income.  And MSG and lived with spouse any time must file if over $5.00 of Social Security income.
**Disclaimer: This post is for discussion purposes only and is NOT tax advice. The author takes no responsibility for the accuracy of any information in this post.**
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