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5 Tax Tips for the Unemployed

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Author's Note

I admit that before writing this article I was among the 40 percent of Americans who had no idea that you must pay income tax on unemployment benefits. It just sounds wrong — taxing people on the checks they depend on to stay above water. But it's nice to know that the tax code takes this into account, allowing deductions for job search expenses, for example, and credits like the EITC to assist families through especially difficult times.

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