It’s been about four months I did a tax amendment because I pay taxes on my unemployment but Congress passed a bill stating that I believe the first $10,000 was tax-free I’ve still not seen a refund
Thank you for contacting TurboTax Live! We see that you have a question - about unemployment, and the amended tax return that you filed.
Within your question, you said that it has been about four (4) months since you filed an amended tax return (Form 1040X) based on the change that Congress passed in the American Rescue Plan. The American Rescue Plan - as signed into law for the 2020 Tax Year - allowed for the exclusion of up to $10,200 of Unemployment Compensation from your Adjusted Gross Income - and in calculating your tax.
Within your question, you said that you have not yet received your additional tax refund, based on this exclusion of Unemployment Compensation - which was passed after you filed your original tax return for the 2020 tax year!
We thank you for your question!
We checked our resources - here at TurboTax Live! and at the IRS, and here is what we learned:
How will I receive my additional unemployment refund amount from the IRS?
The IRS will issue refunds resulting from this unemployment income relief by direct deposit for taxpayers who provided bank account information on their 2020 tax return.
If valid bank account information is not available, the refund will be mailed as a paper check to the address of record. The IRS will continue to send refunds until all identified tax returns have been reviewed and adjusted.
These refunds are subject to normal offset rules such as past-due federal tax, state income tax, state unemployment compensation debts, child support, spousal support or student loans. The IRS will send a separate notice to the taxpayer if the refund is offset to pay unpaid debts.
How do I know if I am now eligible for additional deductions and credits, and what do I do to get them?
It’s a bit tricky.
The IRS will adjust your return and the amounts for any deductions and credits you claimed on it. For example, say you claimed the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) on your return. And because the new unemployment exclusion changed your income level, you would now be eligible for an increase in EITC amount. The IRS would adjust your return for you and send you the additional refund amount with your additional unemployment benefits. You are all set.
However, say you were not originally eligible for the EITC on your return, but now, because the exclusion changed your income, you are eligible for the EITC. You may need to amend your return to claim that new credit based on your tax situation:
- The IRS can adjust tax returns for those who are single with no children and the exclusion makes them eligible for EITC.
- Taxpayers who have qualifying children and become eligible for any new benefits once the exclusion is calculated may have to file an amended tax return to claim new benefits.
If you chose not to amend your return, you’d only get the additional unemployment benefits automatically from the IRS and would miss out on additional money you’d be eligible for.
The IRS can also adjust tax returns that already include EITC and qualifying children. If you filed with TurboTax, check your inbox. We sent you an email to help you understand how all this affects you and with instructions on what to do.
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