2020 Unemployment Compensation Exclusion FAQs — Topic H: Finding the Unemployment Compensation Amount

These updated FAQs were released to the public in Fact Sheet 2022-21PDF, March 23, 2022.

Q1. Where can I find the amount of my unemployment compensation? (added April 29, 2021)

A1. You should receive a Form 1099-G from your state unemployment agency showing in Box 1 the total unemployment compensation paid to you in 2020. Your state may issue separate Forms 1099-G for unemployment compensation received from the state and the additional weekly $600 federal pandemic unemployment assistance (PUA). If you didn't receive a Form 1099-G, please visit your state's unemployment website as many states make them available online.

Include all unemployment compensation received on Schedule 1, Line 7. The exclusion amount will be reported on Schedule 1, Line 8.

Note: If the amount reported in Box 1 of your Form(s) 1099-G is incorrect, report on Line 7 only the actual amount of unemployment compensation paid to you in 2020.

Q2. Will Where's My Amended Return? track process for this or will the IRS otherwise provide information to taxpayers wishing to track their exclusion? (added April 29, 2021)

A2: No. Where's My Amended Return? and similar applications won't display information for the automatic corrections we are performing. Refer to IRS to recalculate taxes on unemployment benefits; refunds to start in May for information on when taxpayers should start receiving refunds, unless they owe other taxes. Do not call the IRS. IRS assistors don't have information beyond what's available on IRS.gov.