Taxing Social Security benefits
Abstract: Some taxpayers must include up to 85% of their Social Security benefits in taxable income, while others find that their benefits are not taxable at all. Those who receive income from other sources may have to pay taxes on at least a portion of their Social Security benefits. Income and filing status will also affect whether these benefits are taxable. This article offers a quick way to find out if one’s benefits may be taxable and how to avoid tax time surprises by voluntarily requesting that federal income tax be withheld from benefit payments.