Houston, TX asked in Tax Law for Texas

Q: I worked 4 months in 2021 and made $4500.00. I also received $15,900 in social security benefits. Do I need to file tax?

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Nicholas Nemeth
Nicholas Nemeth
  • Tax Law Lawyer
  • Dallas, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: Generally, if your Social Security benefits are your only source of income, then they are usually not considered taxable income. If Social Security is your only source of income, then you typically do not need to file a tax return. If you are still working when you receive Social Security benefits and you have income from other sources, it is possible that a portion of your Social Security income will be taxable. If the $4,500 is from self employment / 1099-NEC then you will have a filing requirement. If the $4,500 is from w-2 wages then you may want to file if you had federal withholding because you may be owed a refund.

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