You may not have to pay taxes on your Social Security disability benefits if this was your only source of income. However, according to the Social Security Administration website, you will have to pay federal taxes on your Social Security benefits if you file a federal tax return as an individual and your total income is more than $25,000. If you file a joint return, you will have to pay taxes if you and your spouse have a total income of more than $32,000.
Therefore, if your Social Security disability benefits and your income from other sources is more than $25,000 (for those persons filing as an individual) or more than $32,000 (for those persons married filing jointly) your benefits will be subject to income taxes. The backside of your Social Security Benefit Statement (SSA Form 1099) contains IRS Notice 703 which will help you determine if any of your benefits are taxable.
Social Security has no authority to withhold state or local taxes from your benefit. Many states and local authorities do not tax Social Security benefits. However, you should contact your state or local taxing authority for more information.
Don’t leave your benefits to chance. As this is a complicated area of law, you should consult with the experienced Santa Ana Social Security Disability attorneys at Howard Law to get the help you need.