Job Hunting Expenses
Date posted: October 14, 2014
Many people change their job in the summer. If you look for a new job in the same line of work, you may be able to deduct some of your job hunting costs.
Here are some key tax facts you should know about if you search for a new job:
- Same Occupation
Your expenses must be for a job search in your current line of work. You can’t deduct expenses for a job search in a new occupation.
- Résumé Costs
You can deduct the cost of preparing and mailing your résumé.
- Travel Expenses
If you travel to look for a new job, you may be able to deduct the cost of the trip. To deduct the cost of the travel to and from the area, the trip must be mainly to look for a new job. You may still be able to deduct some costs if looking for a job is not the main purpose of the trip.
- Placement Agency
You can deduct some job placement agency fees you pay to look for a job.
- First Job
You can’t deduct job search expenses if you’re looking for a job for the first time.
- Work-Search Break
You can’t deduct job search expenses if there was a long break between the end of your last job and the time you began looking for a new one.
- Reimbursed Costs
Reimbursed expenses are not deductible.
- Schedule A
You usually deduct your job search expenses on Schedule A, Itemized Deductions. You’ll claim them as a miscellaneous deduction. You can deduct the total miscellaneous deductions that are more than two percent of your adjusted gross income.
- Premium Tax Credit
If you receive advance payment of the premium tax credit in 2014 it is important that you report changes in circumstances, such as changes in you r income or family size, to your Health Insurance Marketplace. Advance payments of the premium tax credit provide financial assistance to help you pay for the insurance you buy through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Reporting changes will help you get the proper type and amount of financial assistance so you can avoid getting too much or too little in advance.
For more on job hunting refer to Publication 529, Miscellaneous Deductions on IRS.gov. You can also call 800-TAX-FORM (800-829-3676) to get it by mail.
(This is a reprint of Internal Revenue Service / IRS Summertime Tax Tip 2014-14)