Got Unemployment Income and Owe Income Tax?

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Photo by Travis Essinger on Unsplash. What if you owe 2020 income taxes even though the IRS is not taxing $10,200 of unemployment income? What should you do and not do? Last week we discussed the extent to which unemployment income is not taxed because of the American Rescue Plan Act. Generally, you don’t pay federal (and possibly state) income … Read More

Don’t Pay Tax on Unemployment Benefits

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Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash. Did you receive unemployment benefits in 2020? 1 in 4 Americans did. Under the American Rescue Plan you don’t pay tax on the first $10,200. Unemployment Benefits Are Generally Taxable As the IRS states plainly, “[i]f you received unemployment compensation during the year, you must include it in gross income.” Unemployment Compensation, IRS Topic … Read More

Renewed and New Unemployment Benefits Approved

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Photo by Alex Kotliarskyi on Unsplash. Federal unemployment benefits were extended as of December 27, 2020. With one new unemployment benefit added. Here’s what the new law includes. The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSA), was enacted on December 27. Last week we wrote about the new $600 stimulus payments of this new Act. It also extended unemployment … Read More

Trump DOES Sign Pandemic Relief Law

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Photo by Scott Graham on Unsplash. Unexpectedly Trump did not sign the new pandemic relief law last week. Then after multiple objections, he unexpectedly signed it Sunday night. Late last weekend (on December 20) Congress announced it had a deal on a new pandemic relief law. That agreement was the topic of our blog post last week. Since our last … Read More

Congress Agrees to New Pandemic Relief

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Photo by Blogging Guide on Unsplash. Congressional leaders finally announced an agreement for new pandemic relief, extending unemployment benefits and new stimulus payments. On Sunday evening, December 20, 2020, the U.S. Senate Republican and Democratic leaders announced that they finally agreed on a new pandemic relief package. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the following on the floor of the Senate: … Read More

States’ Responses to $400/$300 Extended Unemployment Benefits

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Photo by NOAA on Unsplash. Different states have responded differently to the proposed $400/$300 federal extended unemployment benefits. How about Kentucky and Indiana? Last week we explained the President’s Memorandum of August 8 which extended reduced federal unemployment benefits. The $600 weekly benefit had expired on July 31. The House of Representatives had previously passed a bill extending the $600 … Read More

Trump’s $400 Unemployment Benefits

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Photo by Steve Halama on Unsplash. On August 8 Trump signed a Memorandum extending federal unemployment benefits, at $400 per week. Is this really happening? A Quick History of the Federal Unemployment Benefits The CARES Act’s $600 per week additional federal unemployment benefits expired on July 31, 2020. Section 2104 of the CARES Act.  Back in May the U.S. House … Read More