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How can I tell if im getting an unemployment tax refund

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Level 15
Level 15

How can I tell if im getting an unemployment tax refund

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 Adjusted Gross Income (AGI), not including unemployment, is less than $150,000.


If all three of those conditions are true, The IRS will recalculate your tax return and send you the additional refund. It might take several months to get it. For more information see the following IRS announcements and FAQ.

IRS to recalculate taxes on unemployment benefits; refunds to start in May

IRS begins correcting tax returns for unemployment compensation income exclusion

IRS sending more than 2.8 million refunds to those who already paid taxes on 2020 unemployment compe...

IRS readies nearly 4 million refunds for unemployment compensation overpayments

2020 Unemployment Compensation Exclusion FAQs


Level 15

How can I tell if im getting an unemployment tax refund

It is possible that the exclusion will not change anything on the corrected return ... look at your original return form 1040 line 16 ...  if that is already zero then there is nothing more you can get.  

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