COVID Tax Tip 2020-117, September 10, 2020
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, millions of Americans received or are currently receiving unemployment compensation, many of them for the first time. It’s important for these individuals to know that unemployment compensation is taxable.
People can have taxes withheld from this compensation now to help avoid owing taxes on this income when they file their income tax return next year.
By law, these benefits are taxable and must be reported on a federal income tax return for the tax year it was received. Taxable benefits include any of the special unemployment compensation authorized under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.