2020 Unemployment Compensation Exclusion FAQs — Topic I: Post Unemployment Compensation Exclusion Adjustment

Q1. If I file my 2021 tax return electronically in 2022, what amount do I enter as my prior year Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) to submit my return? Where do I find this information? (added April 29, 2021)

A1. When you prepare your 2021 tax return and file it electronically in 2022, you must sign and validate your electronic tax return by entering your prior-year Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) or your prior-year Self-Select PIN. If using your AGI for this purpose, you'll use the AGI as originally reported on Line 11 of your 2020 Form 1040 or 1040-SR. Next year when you file your 2021 return, do not use the corrected AGI even if it was adjusted because of the unemployment exclusion.

To find your original 2020 AGI amount, you can view or create your online account or access Get Transcript online or by mail.

Q2. What are other ways to get my adjusted figures if I don't have the adjustment notice? (added June 25, 2021)

A2. You can request a Record of Account transcript in one of the following ways:

A Record of Account will show the information on the return as originally filed and the exclusion adjustment. For more information about transcripts, see Transcript Types and Ways to Order Them.