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Howard Kossover: Taxes are not normally withheld from Social Security benefits

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Q: My income is high enough that some of my Social Security benefits will be taxable next year. Are these taxes withheld from my monthly retirement benefits?

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A: Taxes are not normally withheld from Social Security benefits. 

Based on their overall income, about one-third of people receiving Social Security have to pay federal income taxes on a portion of those benefits.

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