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Iowa does not tax Social Security benefits in the same manner as the Internal Revenue Service. To compute the amount of Social Security benefits that are taxable to Iowa, complete the worksheet below.


This worksheet is available in fillable pdf format.

1. Enter the amount from Box 5 of form(s) SSA-1099. If you filed a joint Federal return, enter the totals for both spouses. Do not include Railroad Retirement benefits from form RRB-1099 here. 1.
2. Enter one-half of line 1 amount. 2.
3. Add amounts from the Federal 1040 on lines 7, 8a, 9a, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15b, 16b, 17, 18, 19, and 21, plus one-half of any Railroad Retirement Social Security benefits from RRB-1099.* If filing Federal 1040A, use lines 7, 8a, 9a, 10, 11b, 12b and 13, plus one-half of any Railroad Retirement Social Security benefits from RRB-1099. Include any bonus depreciation adjustment from line 14 of the Iowa 1040 to compute correct amount. 3.
4. Enter the amount from line 8b of your Federal 1040 or 1040A. 4.
5. Add lines 2, 3, and 4. 5.
6. Enter total adjustments from Federal 1040, lines 23 through 32, line 34, plus any write-in adjustments you entered on the dotted line next to line 36. If filing Federal 1040A, use lines 16, 17, and 19. 6.
7. Subtract line 6 from line 5. 7.

8. Enter one of the following amounts based on the Federal filing status used on form 1040 or 1040A.

  • Single, head of household, qualifying widow(er): enter $25,000.
  • Married filing joint: enter $32,000.
  • Married filing separate: enter -0- if you lived with your spouse at anytime in 2006 or $25,000 if you did not live with your spouse at any time in 2006.
9. Subtract line 8 from line 7. If zero or less, enter -0-. If line 9 is zero, none of the Social Security benefits are taxable. 9.
10. Enter one-half of line 9. 10.
11. Taxable Social Security benefits: Enter the smaller of line 2 or line 10 here and on line 13 of form IA1040. 11.


* Iowa taxpayers who received Social Security benefits in 2006 and claimed bonus depreciation on their Federal returns for property subject to the bonus depreciation calculation may have to recompute their taxable benefits on the worksheet.

Those who need to recompute the taxable Social Security benefits should add the bonus depreciation adjustment from line 5 of Schedule IA 4562A to the other amounts shown on line 3 of the Social Security worksheet from the Federal return and the RRB 1099. The rest of the form is then completed with the amounts normally used to complete the worksheet from the Federal 1040 or 1040A.

Include the following incomes or adjustments to income on line 3 if applicable.
(These were excluded from Federal AGI.):

  • foreign-earned income
  • income excluded by residents of Puerto Rico American Samoa
  • proceeds from Savings Bonds used for higher education and
  • employer-provided adoption benefits.

Although Railroad Retirement benefits are not taxable, one-half of the benefits received must be used to determine the amount of Social Security benefits that are taxable to Iowa. For purposes of determining taxable Social Security benefits, you must also include interest from Federal securities.

Married Separate Filers:

a. If both spouses received Social Security benefits, the taxable amount is allocated between the spouses in the ratio of the benefits received by one spouse to the total benefits received. (Examples of how to prorate)

b. If only one spouse received benefits, that spouse should report the portion of the benefits that is taxable.

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