Your Social Security benefits may not be taxable at all, or may be taxable up to 85% of the amount. This depends on your total income from other sources, and on your marital status.Determining how much of your benefits are taxableGenerally, if Social Security benefits were your only income for 2022. your benefits are not taxable, and you probably do not need to file a federal income tax return. If you received income from other sources, your benefits will not be taxed unless your modified adjusted gross income is more than the base amount (see below) for your filing status.Your taxable benefits and modified adjusted gross income are figured on a worksheet in the Form 1040A or Form 1040 Instruction booklet.You can however, do the following quick computation to determine whether some of your benefits may be taxable:First, add one-half of the total benefits you received to all your other income, including any tax-exempt interest and other exclusions from income.Then, compare this total to the base amount for your filing status. If the total is more than your base amount, some of your benefits may be taxable.Your benefits include retirement, survivor, and disability benefits, and are reported to you and the IRS on Form SSA-1099.Depending on your other income and your filing status, your benefits may not be taxable, or they may be taxable up to 85% of the benefits received. Basically, as your income increases, a greater percentage of your benefits become taxable.Social Security benefits are not taxable if your modified adjusted gross income (AGI plus tax-exempt interest minus adjustments) plus one-half of your net benefits shown in box 5 of your Form SSA-1099 are not more than the following base amounts:$25,000 if Single, H/H or Q/W.$25,000 if MFS, and lived apart from spouse for all of the tax year.$32,000 if MFJ.$0 if MFS, and did live with spouse during the year.If your modified adjusted gross income plus one-half of your net Social Security benefits are more than the base amounts (above) you must determine to see if they are less than the adjusted base amounts below:$34,000 if Single, H/H, or Q/W$34,000 if MFS, and did not live with spouse during year.$44,000 if MFJ$0 if MFS, and did live with spouse during the year.If your modified AGI plus one-half of your benefits are more than the base amounts but less than the adjusted base amounts, then your taxable Social Security benefits is the SMALLER of:One-half of the net benefits received, orOne-half of the excess of (modified AGI plus Â½ net benefits) over the base amount.If the sum of your modified AGI and one-half of your benefits are more than the adjusted base amounts, your taxable Social Security benefits are the SMALLER of:85% of the net benefits received.85% of the amount by which the sum of your modified AGI and one-half of your benefits exceed the adjusted base amount, plus the smaller of: (a) 50% of your benefits, (b) 50% of the amount by which the sum of AGI, nontaxable income and one-half of the benefits exceed the adjusted base amount, or (c) the adjusted base amount.The above need not daunt you, however, because off-the-shelf tax software, or the Social Security Benefits Worksheet will figure the taxable amount for you. After figuring the taxable amount, you report it on line 20b of Form 1040. You report the net benefits from box 5 of Form SSA-1099 on line 20a of Form 1040.For the above computation, total income is your (and your spouse's) gross income reported on Form 1040 (except Social Security benefits) plus nontaxable interest from line 8b of Form 1040, minus certain adjustments. If you are married and filing jointly and both you and your spouse receive Social Security benefits, you must use half of the combined benefits to figure the taxable amount.Note that taxable benefits are included only in the income of the person with the legal right to receive them. Thus, a child's benefits belong to the child and are not reported on the parent's tax return.Tier 1 railroad retirement benefitsPart of the tier 1 railroad retirement benefits is treated just as Social Security benefits for tax purposes.They are commonly called Social Security equivalent benefits.They are reported to you on Form RRB-1099.You use the same worksheets and rules as with Social Security benefits to determine if any part of these benefits is taxable FOR MORE ARTICLES: www.fiverr.com/lanaseal.Any part that is taxable is reported on line 20b of Form 1040.