Social Security and Income Taxes

Social Security and Income Taxes

Retirement is an exciting time. You’ve worked all your life to enjoy the last few decades collecting your Lockheed Marin pension and your Social Security.  You may have also been looking forward to a change in your tax bracket.  If you can relate to this situation, then this is the blog for you.  Today, we will be discussing Social Security retirement benefits and income taxes.  

In general, many people assume that when they retire, they will drop down to a lower income tax bracket as they collect their pension and Social Security.  Many believe their Social Security benefits won’t be taxable.  In some cases, they might be correct, but in most cases, that is unfortunately not true. Some of you will have to pay federal income taxes on your Social Security benefits. This happens when you have other substantial income in addition to your benefits (such as wages, pension, self-employment, interest, dividends, and any other taxable income that must be reported on your tax return).  

The good news is that only 85% of your Social Security benefits will be taxed. The 2021 Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules state that if you file a return as:

  • An “individual” with a combined income 
    • between $25,000 and $34,000, you may have to pay income tax on up to 50 % of your benefits.
    • more than $34,000, up to 85 % of your benefits may be taxable.
  • A “joint” couple with a combined income 
    • between $32,000 and $44,000, you may have to pay income tax on up to 50% of your benefits.
    • more than $44,000, up to 85% of your benefits may be taxable.
  • A “separate” couple, then you probably will pay taxes on your benefits.

The bad news is that you might remain in your same tax bracket. Having an expert financial planner to help you navigate these waters is something we would highly recommend.  We have Lockheed Martin specialists standing by and ready to assist.  If you’d like to learn more, give us a call today at 817-210-3444 or click HERE to book a complimentary consultation.

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