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Do you declare your social security payments when filing taxes?

Asked by: sfbs 625 views YA Discussion

I’m using TurboTax to do our taxes with my mom. My dad is disabled and receives social security. Do we report it? I’ve always thought we do, but an aunt of mine (who has been receiving social security for quite a while now) says you don’t report them. Another thing that makes us hesitant is the situation with my grandparents. They are in Mexico and haven’t been to the U.S. in over 15-20 years and yet they have received their social security all these years without any declaration.

Any help would be appreciated.

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  1. StephenWeinstein on Jan 28, 2013 Reply

    If social security payments are the only income, then you usually don’t have to file taxes.

    If you do file, then you are required to declare the social security benefits. However, the benefits are not always taxable, so if the government knows that you would not have needed to pay any tax on them if you had declared them, then they might not care enough to bother auditing you.

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  2. A Hunch on Jan 28, 2013 Reply

    Nice to meet you Mustang, I’m a Gaucho

    if his only income is from social security, you would not file a tax return.
    if he has other income, he would need to file a tax return. This would be a regular job, distribution of a retirement account (401K, IRA, etc), investment earnings, etc

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  3. ninasgramma on Jan 28, 2013 Reply

    If a person receiving Social Security files a tax return, the Social Security benefits are entered into the tax return. A taxpayer with other income in addition to Social Security may have some tax on the Social Security benefits.

    Even if the Social Security benefits are not taxable, other parts of the federal or state return may be wrong if the SS benefits are not put into the tax return.

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