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Is Social Security disability income taxable?

Depending on the total amount of income and benefits you received for the tax year, these benefits might be taxable:

  • Social Security, including monthly retirement
  • Survivor
  • Disability

To find out if any of your benefits are taxable, compare these:

  • Base amount for your filing status (shown below)
  • Half of your Social Security benefits
  • All of your other income including tax-exempt interest

If your income is over the threshold, part of your Social Security will be subject to tax. The income thresholds for each filing status are:

  • Married filing jointly -- $32,000
  • Married filing separately and lived with spouse at any point during the year -- $0
  • Married filing separately and lived apart from spouse for the entire year -- $25,000
  • All others -- $25,000

A child's Social Security benefits are paid under the child's Social Security number (SSN). So, they could be potentially taxable to the child, not the parent.

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