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  • Writer's pictureLorena Anoceto

No Break for unemployment income received in 2021

Tax season is fast approaching — and recipients of unemployment benefits in 2021 don’t appear to be getting a tax break like they did for 2020. Approximately 25 million people collected jobless benefits in 2021, according to Andrew Stettner, a senior fellow and unemployment expert at The Century Foundation. Unemployment benefits generally count as taxable income. The American Rescue Plan Act, a relief law Democrats passed in March last year, authorized a waiver of federal tax on up to $10,200 of benefits per person for 2020. Many states offered relief, too.

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