1) You will get an additional federal income tax refund for the unemployment exclusion if all of the following are true.
- You reported unemployment benefits as income on your 2020 tax return, on Schedule 1 line 7.
- You did not get the unemployment exclusion on the 2020 tax return that you filed. The unemployment exclusion would appear as a negative amount on Schedule 1 line 8, with the abbreviation UCE on the dotted line to the left of the amount.
- Your tax on Form 1040 line 16 is not zero.
- Your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI), not including unemployment, is less than $150,000.
If all four of those conditions are true, The IRS will recalculate your tax return and send you an additional refund.
The IRS is still sending out refunds for the unemployment exclusion. They expect to continue through the summer. Summer ends September 22. Of course, that was just an estimate. It could end up taking longer than they expected. There is no way to tell when you will get your refund.
2) DO NOT amend your tax return. The IRS has clearly said that you should not amend unless the exclusion makes you eligible for a new credit that is not already on your tax return.
3) TurboTax does not get any information from the IRS about your additional refund for the unemployment exclusion. If you open your tax return in TurboTax you might see that TurboTax has recalculated the return to include the unemployment exclusion. But that has nothing to do with what the IRS is doing. It’s just a calculation that TurboTax makes.
Form 1040 lines 25b and 25d have nothing to do with the refund for the unemployment exclusion.
For more information see the following IRS announcements and FAQ.
just checking - are you sure you filed? - if you e-filed did you get an acceptance e-mail. if you mailed it does it appear the IRS got it. have you checked the IRS website? finally, when did you submit it. some refunds are taking over 6 months.
Yeah, I filed early and got my original return with the unemployment benefits being taxed. I’m STILL waiting for a refund for the taxes unemployment. My thought it I may actually qualify for the EIC with that income taken off which I believe means I need to amend. But I don’t want to mess anything up. How do I know if I need to amend or just wait it out?
To find out if you are eligible for those extra credits, like EIC, you have to revise your tax return to account for UCE and then see if the extra credits appear on your tax return. The software will do the calculation. That's what you're paying for.