Do I have to pay taxes on Social Security disability?

Jun 17, 2011 No Comments by

“Do I have to pay taxes on Social Security disability?” is a question that comes up regularly with new clients.

The answer is “it depends.” The IRS gives the requirements here: via Regular & Disability Benefits. The base requirements are listed below:

  • $25,000 if you are single, head of household, qualifying widow(er) or married filing separately living apart from your spouse at any time during the tax year.
  • $32,000 if you are married filing jointly.
  • $-0- if you are married filing separately living with your spouse at any time during the tax year.

In simplest terms, if you have more than $25,000 (for single filers) in income to report on your 1040, you may have to pay taxes on Social Security disability benefits. The IRS publication that addresses this is found here: http://www.irs.gov/publications/p915/index.html.

It is advisable to consult with a tax professional regarding your specific tax information, even on questions as simple as “Do I have to pay taxes on Social Security disability?”.

 

 

Attorney Posts

About the author

Kim obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and her Law Degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a strong advocate for the rights of the disabled and worked in the past for the North Carolina Department of Justice. She is a member of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice and the National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives. Kim is admitted to practice in the Eastern and Middle Districts of the United States District Court.