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Are Disability Benefits Considered Taxable Income?
Posted in: Benefits on August 7th, 2013

Even with the help of a social security disability lawyer, getting the disability benefits that you deserve can be a difficult process. You must accurately provide legal documents, see your health care provider, and complete requirements set forth by the government to receive your disability benefits. If you’ve finally been awarded disability benefits, chances are that you want to relax – you and your social security disability lawyer have probably done a lot of work already. But now that you’ve received your disability benefits, do you owe taxes on them?

Understanding Disability Benefits and Taxable Income

For most Americans, the disability benefits that they receive will not be considered taxable income. Even if you have a partial income that accompanies your disability benefits, the overwhelming likelihood is that your disability benefits will remain untaxed. However, there are always some exceptions, and discussing this topic with a social security disability lawyer can ensure that you understand your specific tax situation.

You applied for disability benefits because of an inability to work, so you won’t be making a large enough income to be taxed. If you were making a large enough income, you wouldn’t have had to apply or qualify for disability benefits.

Things get a little more nuanced, however, if your spouse is still working. Because the tax rules for disability benefits vary from state to state across the country, it’s crucial to meet with a social security disability lawyer who can tell you exactly what you owe. In general, if your spouse has a substantial income, your disability benefits could potentially be considered taxable income. Considerations include whether you and your spouse file individually or jointly, as well as how much your spouse is making.

Again, taxes on disability benefits can be so complicated that only a social security disability lawyer who knows your financial situation could help you understand your tax situation. Depending on your state and spouse’s income, taxes on disability benefits may or may not be a concern. Regardless, it’s important to work with a social security disability lawyer to ensure you’re getting the full benefits that you deserve!

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