10 Tax Deductions for Seniors You Might Not Know About
Standard deduction amount increased. Single or Married filing separately — $12,400. Married filing jointly or Qualifying widow(er) — $24,800.
If you are age 65 or older, your standard deduction increases by $1,700 if you file as Single or Head of Household. If you are legally blind, your standard deduction increases by $1,700 as well. If you are Married Filing Jointly and you OR your spouse is 65 or older, your standard deduction increases by $1,350.
Bigger standard deduction And if you’re married and you’re both over 65, that increase amounts to $2,600 ($1,300 per spouse), a sizable tax advantage that can really save you money. What’s more: the standard deduction for seniors over 65 is even larger next year, growing to $14,050 for single filers in 2020.
When you’re over 65, the standard deduction increases. For the 2019 tax year, seniors over 65 may increase their standard deduction by $1,300. If both you and your spouse are over 65 and file jointly, you can increase the amount by $2,600.
The tax-free thresholds for seniors and for younger people have diverged over the last 20 years. Seniors do not pay tax until they earn $32,279 a year, whereas younger households have an effective tax-free threshold of $20,542.
Taxpayers who are at least 65 years old or blind can claim an additional 2021 standard deduction of $1,350 ($1,700 if using the single or head of household filing status). For anyone who is both 65 and blind, the additional deduction amount is doubled.
Some of you have to pay federal income taxes on your Social Security benefits. between $25,000 and $34,000, you may have to pay income tax on up to 50 percent of your benefits. more than $34,000, up to 85 percent of your benefits may be taxable.
Calculating the exact amount of tax that must be paid on Social Security benefits can be quite complicated. After age 70, there is no longer any increase, so you should claim your benefits then even if they will be partly subject to income tax.
Updated for Tax Year 2019 You can stop filing income taxes at age 65 if: You are a senior that is not married and make less than $13,850. You are a senior that is married, and you are going to file jointly and make less than $27,000 combined.