TurboTax FAQ
TurboTax FAQ
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Do I have to pay taxes on unemployment?

Although it doesn't seem quite fair, the IRS does consider unemployment income as taxable income, as do most states.

On the bright side, if your sole source of income was from unemployment, and that income was less than the taxable threshhold after exemptions and deductions, you might not owe any taxes. See this chart to determine your situation, note the exceptions as well.

Remember, if you don’t owe any taxes, and you had no withholding where you would need to request a refund, then you may not be required to file a federal tax return, based on the threshholds in the chart (see link above). This may also mean you are not required to file a state return, however requirements vary from state to state.

Unemployment income is reported on Form 1099-G. While entering this income in TurboTax, you will be asked if you had any of this income withheld.

After you enter your unemployment income (along with any other sources of income, in the appropriate sections of TurboTax), we'll figure out how much (if any) is taxable by the IRS and your state.