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Is the Social Security disability income you receive taxable?

The short answer is yes; but the full answer is more complicated than that. While Social Security disability payments are technically taxable, that does not mean that you will end up paying taxes on your monthly deposit. According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), approximately one-third of Social Security disability recipients are legally responsible for paying taxes on their benefits.

Your Total Income Must Be Taken Into Account

Before taxes can be determined, your entire income must be taken into account. This includes your spouse’s income and any other household income. According to the SSA, you may be responsible for filing a federal tax return and paying taxes if:

  • You file your tax return as an individual and your annual income is more than $25,000.
  • You file your tax return as a joint return and you and your spouse have an annual income of more than $32,000.
  • You are married, but you file a separate return. In most cases, if you chose this method of filing taxes, you will be required to pay taxes on your Social Security disability benefits.

Your tax rate and the specific amount of money you will be required to pay depends on your total income. It is important to understand your tax obligations so that you are not surprised when you file your annual tax return by April 15 of each year.

While these guidelines are helpful, you may still have questions. If you have questions about the tax implications of your Social Security disability benefits, you may consult with your accountant, with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), or with a tax lawyer. If you have questions about your eligibility for Social Security disability benefits, we encourage you to contact our experienced disability lawyers to find out more about your rights. You can reach us via this website, or by phone at 800-800-6353 at your convenience.

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by Paul B. Burkhalter
Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.


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