Social Security is confusing for most people, so join the club! As a general rule, this is how it get’s taxed for Single Filers, Head of Household, and Married Filing Separate:
Your total income includes all of your income plus 1/2 of your Social Security benefits.
For example, if your 1099 income is $12,000 and your Social Security income is $16,000, your “total income” would be $20,000, and 0% of your Social Security would be taxed.
The best way to avoid having your Social Security taxed for 1099 workers is to utilize as many business write-offs as possible so your income stays low. Be sure to use the Keeper Tax app to track your potential write-offs!
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Sarah is an Enrolled Agent with the IRS and has 6 years of tax and accounting experience. She's an avid hiker, animal lover, and self-proclaimed chocolate connoisseur.