If you’re getting close to retirement, you may wonder: Will my Social Security benefits be taxed? It depends on your other income. If you’re taxed, up to 85% of your payments could be hit with federal income tax. If you file a joint tax return and your “provisional income,” plus half your Social Security benefits, isn’t above $32,000 ($25,000 if unmarried), none of your benefits will be taxed. If it falls above those amounts, you must report a certain percentage of your benefits as income. If you know your Social Security benefits will be taxed, you can arrange to have the tax withheld from the payments. Otherwise, you may have to make estimated tax payments. Contact us for more information.