The IRS is now sending payments to nearly 10 million people who paid taxes on unemployment benefits they received when they filed their 2020 tax return. The IRS said it will automatically refund some or all of the money paid. Theincluded a so that unemployment checks aren't counted as earned income during the pandemic. You also can't be taxed on the money.
The IRS started sending refunds to eligible people this week and will continue to do so as it recalculates taxes. The IRS sent the first refunds this week with the remainder going out through the summer as theand reviews taxes paid on unemployment benefits. In addition to the unemployment tax break, the March stimulus bill also extends the weekly , authorizes a (and ) and to as much as .
Twenty-three million Americans filed for unemployment last year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Under, this included people who were laid off as well as gig workers, contractors and self-employed people who don't normally qualify for unemployment insurance. We'll explain the unemployment tax refund and the details we're still waiting to learn. Here's how to see if the IRS owes you and how to get a . This story has been updated with new information.
IRS unemployment tax refund: Six important things to know
With refunds now going out, here's what you can expect.
- If the IRS determines the taxpayer is owed a refund on the tax break, it will send a check automatically.
- Refunds started going out the week of May 10 and will extend into the summer.
- You do not need to . (Here's how to .)
- Refunds will go out as a direct deposit if the taxpayer provided bank account information on their 2020 tax return. Otherwise, the refund will be mailed as a paper check to the address the IRS has on hand.
- The IRS will send the taxpayer a notice explaining the corrections within thirty days of when the correction is made.
- You will not be able to track the progress of your refund through the Amended Return Status tool or some other portal. , the , the
Unemployment tax refund info we're waiting to hear about
There is still something we don't know about the refunds. We've contacted the IRS for clarification:
- How to contact the IRS if there's a problem. (Here's what we know about contacting the IRS about .)
"This new clarification from the IRS is good news for the millions of taxpayers impacted, but may still be confusing," said Mark Steber, chief tax officer for Jackson Hewitt. "Some taxpayers may have questions as to the timing of any payment and whether it will come in a check or other form."
Steber also suggested checking in with a tax professional once you receive your automatic refund to make sure the IRS sent the right amount.
For more details, here are seven ways to get, everything about the and what to know about the .