You must be 65 years of age as of December 31, 2020 for tax year 2019 OR you were under age 65 as of 12/31/2020 and all 3 statements below are true: You retired on disability before Dec. 31, 2020 and you were permanently and totally disabled at the start of retirement.
Taxpayers age 65 or older now have the option to use Form 1040 – SR , U.S. Tax Return for Seniors. Form 1040 – SR , when printed, features larger font and better readability. Taxpayers who electronically file Form 1040 – SR may notice the change when they print their return.
Standard Deduction for Seniors – If you do not itemize your deductions , you can get a higher standard deduction amount if you and/or your spouse are 65 years old or older. You can get an even higher standard deduction amount if either you or your spouse is blind. (See Form 1040 and Form 1040A instructions.)
The new Form 1040 -SR is a simplified tax form for seniors who have uncomplicated finances and who otherwise would have to file Form 1040 . Form 1040 -SR allows an individual to report income from wages, salaries, tips, and other income sources.
Adults who are 65 and older get an extra $1,600 added to their standard deduction if they’re filing as single, head of household, or married filing separately. Married couples filing jointly may add another $1,300 for each spouse who is 65 or older , as can qualified widow(er)s.
At 65 to 67, depending on the year of your birth, you are at full retirement age and can get full Social Security retirement benefits tax -free.
If you work past your full retirement age (FRA) and have earned income, you’ll still have to pay Social Security taxes, even if you’re already collecting benefits.
Maximum Earned Income for Seniors If you’re single, you’ll need to file a return if you earned $11,900 or more. If you’re married filing jointly, that minimum goes up to $14,900. If you’re a widower with one or more dependent children, you can make up to $17,900 without being required to file.
The standard deduction amounts will increase to $12,200 for individuals, $18,350 for heads of household, and $24,400 for married couples filing jointly and surviving spouses. For 2019, the additional standard deduction amount for the aged or the blind is $1,300 .
For the year you are filing, earned income includes all income from employment, but only if it is includable in gross income . Earned income does not include amounts such as pensions and annuities, welfare benefits, unemployment compensation, worker’s compensation benefits, or social security benefits.
If Single, aged 65 or older or blind, you must file a return if : Unearned income was more than $2,650 or $4,250 if you ‘re both 65 or older and blind. Earned income was more than $13,600 or $15,200 if you ‘re both 65 or older and blind.
The standard deduction for 2020 is $12,400 for singles and $24,800 for married joint filers. There is also an “additional standard deduction,” for older taxpayers and those who are blind. A married filer who is blind or aged 65 and over can claim $1,300 for themselves.
Taxpayers who are at least 65 years old or blind can claim an additional 2020 standard deduction of $1,300 ($1,650 if using the single or head of household filing status). For anyone who is both 65 and blind, the additional deduction amount is doubled.
For 2020, the additional standard deduction for married taxpayers 65 or over or blind will be $1,300 (same as for 2019). For a single taxpayer or head of household who is 65 or over or blind, the additional standard deduction for 2020 will be $1,650 (same as for 2019).