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The American Rescue Plan, signed into law on March 11, 2021, includes a provision that makes the first $10,200 of unemployment nontaxable for each taxpayer who made less than $150,000 in 2020. If you are married, and your spouse also received unemployment, both of you can exclude $10,200.

What if I filed my 2020 return before this law was passed?

The IRS has confirmed that taxpayers who qualify for the unemployment exclusion will not need to file an amended return. The IRS will calculate the exclusion and send the refund. Those refunds are due to begin processing the week of May 14, 2021. For more details, see the IRS press release.

What if I had my TaxAct fees deducted from my refund?

The refund resulting from the unemployment exclusion will get sent to the bank account the IRS has on file. It will not go to the bank that handled the refund transfer.

What if the IRS doesn't have my bank information?

Your refund will be mailed to the address the IRS has on file.

I received IRS Notice CP 14 - what do I do?

If you are due a refund after accounting for the unemployment exclusion, you don't need to pay any balance due shown on Notice CP 14. Most likely, your original return was processed and the notice was sent before your return was recalculated to include the exclusion. You should receive an additional notice from the IRS once your return has been recalculated to include the exclusion. You don't need to do anything once you receive this notice unless you disagree with the changes. In that case, you can call the IRS at the number on the top right corner of your notice. 

I haven't filed yet - what do I need to do?

TaxAct Federal editions have been updated to allow the unemployment exclusion. State programs will vary - see State Conformity below. 

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State Conformity

This federal exclusion will be adopted by some states, but not all. To determine if your state will allow the unemployment exclusion at the state level, see the list below.

Alabama | Alaska | Arizona | Arkansas | California | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware | District of Columbia | Georgia | Hawaii | Idaho | Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Kentucky | Kansas | Louisiana | Maine | Maryland | Massachusetts | Michigan | Minnesota | Mississippi | Missouri | Montana | Nebraska | New Hampshire | New Jersey | New Mexico | New York | North Carolina | North Dakota | Ohio | Oklahoma | Oregon | Pennsylvania | Rhode Island | South Carolina | Tennessee | Utah | Vermont | Virginia | West Virginia | Wisconsin



Alabama

Alabama does not tax unemployment, so no changes are necessary to the TaxAct program.



Alaska

Alaska does not assess individual income tax.



Arizona

Arizona will conform to the unemployment exclusion. The TaxAct Arizona program currently allows the unemployment exclusion. Qualifying taxpayers who filed an Arizona return before March 18, 2021 should file an amended return. For more information, see https://azdor.gov/news-events-notices/news/2020-amended-individual-income-return-notice.



Arkansas

Arkansas will not tax unemployment, so no changes are necessary to the TaxAct program. Qualifying taxpayers who filed before March 1, 2021 (the date the legislation passed) will not need to file an amended Arkansas return. 



California

California does not tax unemployment. The TaxAct California program has been updated to addback the federal exclusion amount.



Colorado

Colorado will not conform to the federal exclusion. The TaxAct Colorado program has been updated to addback the federal exclusion amount.



Connecticut

Connecticut will conform to the federal exclusion. The TaxAct Connecticut program currently allows the exclusion. Qualifying taxpayers who filed before March 25, 2021 will need to file an amended return



Delaware

Delaware does not tax unemployment, so no changes are necessary to the TaxAct program.



District of Columbia

No official guidance provided yet. The DC TaxAct program does not currently allow the unemployment exclusion.



Georgia

Georgia does not conform to the federal exclusion. The TaxAct Georgia program has been updated to addback the federal exclusion amount.



Hawaii

No official guidance provided yet, but legislation is pending. The Hawaii TaxAct program does not currently allow the unemployment exclusion.



Idaho

Idaho does not currently conform to the federal unemployment compensation exclusion. The TaxAct Idaho program has been updated to addback the federal unemployment exclusion amount.



Illinois

Illinois will conform to the federal exclusion. The Illinois TaxAct program currently allows the unemployment exclusion. Qualifying taxpayers who filed before March 18, 2021 do not need to file an amended Illinois return. Qualifying taxpayers who mailed a return by paper (or e-filed after March 14, 2021) will need to file an amended Illinois return. 



Indiana

Indiana does not conform to the federal exclusion. The TaxAct Indiana program has been updated to addback the federal exclusion amount. Taxpayers who received unemployment income in 2020 and have already filed their individual income tax return should not file an amended return at this time. DOR will be providing additional information.



Iowa

Iowa will conform to the federal exclusion. The Iowa TaxAct program currently allows the exclusion. Qualifying taxpayers who filed before March 18, 2021 will not need to file an amended return.



Kansas

Kansas will conform to the federal exclusion. The TaxAct Kansas program currently allows the exclusion. Qualifying taxpayers who filed before March 18, 2021 will need to file an amended return



Kentucky

No official guidance provided yet. The Kentucky TaxAct program does not currently allow the unemployment exclusion.



Louisiana

Louisiana will conform to the federal exclusion. The TaxAct Louisiana program currently allows the exclusion. Qualifying taxpayers who filed before March 24, 2021 will need to file an amended return. 



Maine

Maine recently passed legislation to conform with the $10,200 unemployment compensation exclusion allowed on the Federal return. The Maine TaxAct program currently allows the exclusion. Qualifying taxpayers who filed before March 26, 2021 will need to file an amended return. 



Maryland

Maryland will allow the full federal unemployment exclusion as well as an additional unemployment exclusion from Maryland income for MD, PA, DC, VA, and WV unemployment income if it was included in FAGI as long as FAGI is not over $75,000/$100,000 (MFJ). You may need to amend your return if you file before Maryland changes are finalized in the TaxAct program in mid-April.



Massachusetts

Massachusetts will mostly conform to the federal exclusion, but income thresholds will differ slightly. Taxpayers could qualify for the exclusion on the Federal return but not on the Massachusetts return. The Massachusetts TaxAct program currently allows the unemployment exclusion. Qualifying taxpayers should wait for further guidance from Massachusetts before filing an amended return.



Michigan

Michigan will conform to the federal unemployment exclusion. The Michigan TaxAct program has been updated to allow the exclusion. Qualifying taxpayers who filed before March 25, 2021 should file an amended return. For more information, see Michigan Department of Treasury Notice Regarding the Treatment of Unemployment Compensation for Tax Year 2020.



Minnesota

Minnesota will conform to the federal unemployment exclusion. Minnesota will automatically amend qualifying returns and will send a notification describing what changes were made. You do not need to file an amended return unless Minnesota reaches out to you instructing you to do so. 



Mississippi

Mississippi will not conform to the federal unemployment exclusion. The Mississippi TaxAct program does not currently allow the unemployment exclusion.



Missouri

Missouri will conform to the federal exclusion. The Missouri TaxAct program currently allows the exclusion. Qualifying taxpayers who filed before March 18, 2021 will need to file an amended return.



Montana

Montana does not tax unemployment, so no changes are necessary to the TaxAct program.



Nebraska

Nebraska will conform to the federal exclusion. The Nebraska TaxAct program currently allows the exclusion.



New Hampshire

New Hampshire does not tax unemployment, so no changes are necessary to the TaxAct program.



New Jersey

New Jersey does not tax unemployment, so no changes are necessary to the TaxAct program.



New Mexico

New Mexico will conform to the federal exclusion. The New Mexico TaxAct program currently allows the exclusion. Qualifying taxpayers who filed before March 18, 2021 will need to file an amended return.



New York

New York does not currently conform to the federal exclusion. The New York TaxAct program has been updated to addback the federal exclusion amount.



North Carolina

North Carolina does not currently conform to the federal exclusion. The North Carolina TaxAct program has been updated to addback the federal exclusion amount.



North Dakota

North Dakota will conform to the federal exclusion. The North Dakota TaxAct program currently allows the exclusion. Qualifying taxpayers who filed before April 1, 2021 will not need to file an amended return.



Ohio

At this time, no updates are needed to how your products are currently programmed for Ohio Individual Income Tax 2020. Ohio will notify all partners when the bill is signed or if there are any changes.



Oklahoma

Oklahoma will conform to the federal exclusion. The Oklahoma TaxAct program currently allows the exclusion.



Oregon

Oregon will conform to the federal unemployment exclusion. The Oregon TaxAct program currently allows the exclusion. Qualifying taxpayers who filed before March 18, 2021 will not need to file an amended return, as Oregon will make the necessary adjustments.



Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania does not tax unemployment, so no changes are necessary to the TaxAct program.



Rhode Island

Rhode Island will not conform to the federal exclusion. The Rhode Island TaxAct program has been updated to addback the federal exclusion amount. Qualifying taxpayers who filed before March 30, 2021 will need to file an amended return.



South Carolina

South Carolina will conform to the federal exclusion. The South Carolina TaxAct program allows the unemployment exclusion. Qualifying taxpayers who filed before May 27, 2021 will need to file an amended return. 



Tennessee

Tennessee does not tax unemployment, so no changes are necessary to the TaxAct program.



Utah

Utah will conform to the federal exclusion. The Utah TaxAct program currently allows the exclusion. Taxpayers who are eligible to exclude unemployment income and filed before the exclusion went into effect should file an amended TC-40 to claim the benefit using amendment code 6.



Vermont

No official guidance provided yet. The Vermont TaxAct program currently allows the unemployment exclusion.



Virginia

Virginia does not tax unemployment, so no changes are necessary to the TaxAct program.



West Virginia

West Virginia will conform to the federal exclusion. The West Virginia TaxAct program allows the exclusion. Qualifying taxpayers who filed before March 18, 2021 will need to file an amended return.



Wisconsin

Wisconsin will not conform to the federal unemployment exclusion. The Wisconsin TaxAct program has been updated to addback the federal exclusion amount.


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