25 Million Americans Who Received Jobless Benefits in 2021, Will Not Receive a Tax Advantage in 2022

Tax season is rapidly approaching — and claimants of unemployment benefits in 2021 do not appear to be receiving a tax cut in the same way that they did in the previous fiscal year.

According to Andrew Stettner, a senior fellow and unemployment expert at The Century Foundation, around 25 million people will be receiving unemployment benefits in 2021, based on current estimates.

In most cases, unemployment benefits are considered taxable income. The American Rescue Plan Act, a disaster relief measure passed by Democrats in March of last year, provided a remission of federal tax on payments of up to $10,200 per person for the fiscal year 2020. A large number of states have also pledged assistance.

Claimants’ first claims for unemployment benefits

Households were eligible for the federal waiver if their total income (after deduction of benefits) was less than $150,000.

Congress has not passed a law to provide a similar tax advantage for benefits beginning in 2021, and it does not appear to be on the verge of doing so.

In other words, households that did not withhold federal tax from benefit payments (or who did so insufficiently) may be required to pay a tax bill or receive a smaller refund this season in order to make up for the shortfall.

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The Covid-19 outbreak in 2020 caused the unemployment rate in the United States to surge to its highest level since the Great Depression. According to The Century Foundation, approximately 40 million people received benefits in that year, with each receiving an average of $14,000.

According to the group’s estimates, taxes were deducted from fewer than 40% of payments.

The unemployment rate in the United States

Since then, the economy and the job market in the United States have experienced substantial growth.

Those who applied for unemployment benefits at the end of December had returned to pre-pandemic levels, representing a nearly fourfold decrease from the beginning of the year.

Despite the fact that there are almost 4 million fewer jobs than there were in early 2020, the national unemployment rate of 4.2 percent is the lowest it has been since February 2020.

In February of this year, the difference between total U.S. employment and pre-pandemic levels was calculated.

A large number of households that qualify for the American Rescue Plan tax relief are still awaiting their tax returns, according to the Internal Revenue Service. Many people filed their tax returns before President Joe Biden signed the measure, resulting in them paying more in taxes than they should have had to.

There are more than 16 million such taxpayers have been identified by the IRS, and they may be eligible for either a refund or the application of their overpayment of past-due taxes or other debts.

As of December 28, the IRS had issued tax refunds to more than 11.8 million families, for a total of $14.5 billion. IRS will continue the procedure in 2022, with an emphasis on more complex tax returns this time around.

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