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IRS begins issuing refunds to taxpayers who overpaid due to Rescue Plan provision


The Internal Revenue Service announced Friday it has begun sending more than 2.8 million refunds to taxpayers who paid taxes on unemployment compensation that new legislation now excludes as income. IRS efforts to correct unemployment compensation overpayments will help most affected taxpayers avoid filing an amended tax return. The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 excluded up to $10,200 in unemployment compensation per taxpayer paid in 2020. The $10,200 is the maximum amount that can be excluded when calculating taxable income; it is not the amount of refunds. The agency said it has to-date identified 13 million taxpayers that may be eligible for the adjustment. Some will receive refunds, which will be issued periodically, and some will have the overpayment applied to taxes due or other debts. For some there will be no change. The IRS plans to issue the next set of refunds in mid-June. Taxpayers will receive letters from the IRS, generally within 30 days of the adjustment, informing them of what kind of adjustment was made.

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