Two weeks ago, Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, waiving federal taxes on up to $10,200 of unemployment benefits for single adults making less than 150,000 per year. For couples filing jointly, that number is doubled to $20,400.
Since unemployment earnings are typically taxed just like normal wages, the unemployment tax break is good news for millions of Americans who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19.
But if you have already filed for 2020 and want the exemption, don’t file your amended return just yet.
We’re still waiting for the IRS to provide guidance for taxpayers who have already filed for 2020. The IRS moves slowly. And until it announces how early filers can claim the exemption, we’ll just have to wait.
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