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J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2014: For Preparing Your 2013 Tax Return by J. K. Lasser

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Chapter 34

Special Tax Rules for Senior Citizens

All of your Social Security benefits are tax free if your “provisional income,” explained in 34.3, is $25,000 or less if you are single, or $32,000 or less if you are married and file a joint return. No more than 50% of your benefits are subject to tax if you file a joint return and your provisional income is over $32,000 but no more than $44,000, or if you are single and your provisional income is over $25,000 but no more than $34,000. When provisional income exceeds $34,000 or $44,000 (depending on your filing status), more than 50%, but no more than 85%, of your benefits are subject to tax. If you are married and filing separately, and did not live apart for the whole year, you must apply the 85% rate without considering the base amounts. If you are married filing separately and you lived apart the entire year, are a head of household, or are a qualifying ...

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