Unemployment is taxed for recipients at the federal level. How much you pay will depend on your unique tax bracket and how much taxable income you have. When it comes to state taxes, it depends. If you’re in one of the states with no income tax, you won’t need to worry about paying state taxes on your unemployment income.

For states with income tax, the treatment of unemployment income varies from state to state. For example, unemployment is taxed in Michigan, but in California unemployment benefits are exempt from state taxes.

What Are Unemployment Benefits?

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, millions of Americans received or are currently receiving unemployment benefits. It’s important for these individuals to know that unemployment benefits could be taxable, of course depending on if their states require income taxes or not.

Unemployment insurance benefits provide temporary financial assistance to workers unemployed through no fault of their own who meet their own state’s eligibility requirements. If someone is laid off, quit their jobs, or was fired for a good reason are unfortunately not eligible for unemployment benefits.

Do You Pay Income Tax On Unemployment?

Federal law allows recipients to choose a flat 10% withholding from these benefits to cover part or all their tax liability. Depending on your tax bracket, that amount might not cover all your taxes, but at least you do pay some income tax on unemployment as you go.

If you chose not to withhold your federal taxes you have options to help you reach a resolution. If you’re still receiving unemployment, you can start withholding taxes by completing Form W-4V which is a Voluntary Withholding Request, and submitting it to your state unemployment office.

If you need to catch up on your payments, you can pay estimated taxes. These payments can be made quarterly, giving you another way to account for your tax obligations throughout the year.

Resolve Your Tax Bills

If you’ve found yourself in a nasty mess with the IRS, take a deep breath. For taxpayers who may have difficulty paying off an excessive amount of tax debt, there’s a new and improved relief program that consolidates many major relief programs into a one-size-fits-all assistance program. Any issues regarding back taxes, unfiled years, or any other tax-related problems may be solved through one program; the IRS Fresh Start Program!

How Simple Is Qualifying?

Considering that the Fresh Start Program is a federal program, you would think meeting the qualifications may be very difficult, but really, it’s a lot simpler and quicker than you think. Take the following steps in order to find out if you are eligible in as little as 3 minutes.

  1. Fill out some basic information about yourself and your back taxes here.
  2. Have a representative reach out to you to discuss your eligibility.
  3. Go through the enrollment process and finally reduce or eliminate your tax liabilities.