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>> Dr. Bernstein needs a copy of TurboTax. A married couple taking the standard deduction would only pay $3,365 in Federal taxes assuming the whole $40,000 was taxed as ordinary income. Most retirees would get some of their income from dividends or return of capital that are even taxed at lower rates. <<

True. But $40,000 of investment income would also cause their Social Security to be 85% taxable.

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