Why is SS income not taxable?

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Original Fast Forward Academy test bank question:
Peter is single and provides more than half of the support for his father, who lived with Peter for all of 2010. His father's income in 2010 consisted of $2,000 in wages, $4,000 in Social Security benefits, $1,200 of municipal bond interest, $1,000 of corporate bond interest, $1,400 of dividends, $4,000 of rent income, and $2,000 of rent expenses. How much 2010 gross income does Peter's father have for determining the dependency exemption?

A. $10,400.
B. $8,400.
C. $12,400.
D. $11,600.

Gross income is all income in the form of money, property, and services that is not exempt from tax. Social Security benefits (in this example) and municipal bond interest are not taxable and not included in gross income for this test. The question asks about gross income for purposes of a dependency exemption, which includes rental income (before deductions). Do not deduct taxes, repairs, etc., to determine the gross income from rental property. .

FFA EA Book Reference: CH 1 Filing Information
Subsection: Tax Returns for Individuals Taxpayer Data
Subject: Personal exemptions including dependents
Correct Answer: B

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Michael Rothstien,

To find out whether any of the benefits may be taxable, compare the base amount Social Security Benefit; $25,000 if you are single, head of household, or qualifying widow(er), $32,000 married filing jointly.


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