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I'm receiving Social Security retirement benefits. Are the Social Security benefits my child receives as a dependent on my work record subject to tax?

If both you and your child are receiving benefits, the taxability of benefits should be calculated separately.  The taxation of benefits is based on the income of the person receiving the benefit.  So while it is possible for your child's benefit to be taxed, they generally will not receive enough additional income for this to happen.  See http://www.irs.gov/Help-&-Resources/Tools-&-FAQs/FAQs-for-Individuals/Frequently-Asked-Tax-Questions-&-Answers/Social-Security-Income/Survivors'-Benefits/Survivors'-Benefits and http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p915.pdf for more details.

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