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Why will I pay more taxes on my social security income if I file married filing separately than I would filing single

 
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DoninGA
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Why will I pay more taxes on my social security income if I file married filing separately than I would filing single

If you are legally married you have no option to file as Single.  Your options are Married Filing Jointly or Married Filing Separately.

Up to 85% of Social Security Retirement/Disability/Survivors benefits becomes taxable when all your other income plus 1/2 your social security reaches:

  • Married Filing Jointly - $32,000
  • Single or Head of Household - $25,000
  • Married Filing Separately - 0

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DoninGA
Level 15

Why will I pay more taxes on my social security income if I file married filing separately than I would filing single

If you are legally married you have no option to file as Single.  Your options are Married Filing Jointly or Married Filing Separately.

Up to 85% of Social Security Retirement/Disability/Survivors benefits becomes taxable when all your other income plus 1/2 your social security reaches:

  • Married Filing Jointly - $32,000
  • Single or Head of Household - $25,000
  • Married Filing Separately - 0
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