Submitted By: someone
Answered: April 19, 2023 4:44 am

My spouse’s Social Security checks are payable directly to the nursing home she’s in. Are the payments taxable income on our joint return?

Social Security benefits may be tax free or includible in gross income at 50% or 85%. This depends on a couple’s income, Social Security benefits, and tax-exempt interest. The fact that the benefits are payable to a third party does not change the tax result; the Social Security checks are being used for the taxpayer’s benefit.

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Tax Glossary

Deductions

Items directly reducing income. Personal deductions such as for mortgage interest, state and local taxes, and charitable contributions are allowed only if deductions are itemized on Schedule A, but deductions such as for alimony, capital losses, moving expenses to a new job location, business losses, student loan interest, and IRA and Keogh deductions are deducted from gross income even if itemized deductions are not claimed.

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