Tax Breaks from Finding a Job
Published on Wednesday, 14 April 2010
Taxes are one the greatest pet peeves of citizens. Fortunately, there are many tax breaks available to those who are unemployed that allow them to refund the much needed money spent in job hunting and job interviews.
One great way to obtain a tax break is to go through the documentation you accrued while doing your job search. Job search expenses may be deductable if the sum of employee expenses and other miscellaneous deductions exceed 2% of the adjusted gross income. Such expenses may include: agency fees, cost of resume printing and cost of mailing resumes, travel expenses to and from job interviews and money more. Whether you landed a job or not, this is all applicable.
Those who pay for child care in order to attend job interviews may also get a tax break. They can claim up to 35% of these operating costs as a credit against their taxes. For a married couple filing together, both spouses must have earned income or one of them might be eligible as full time student, disabled or incapable of self care.
If you are relocating to a different city or state to find a job, you may deduct your moving expenses by taking advantage of tax breaks. As long as you meet the time and distance test, your moving expenses may be deductable on your federal tax return.