First, your hunt for new work must be in the same field in which you’re currently or were formerly employed. Uncle Sam won’t help out if you decide to totally switch career gears.
Second, deductions aren’t allowed for employment-search costs when there is a “substantial break” between your last job and when you begin looking for a new one.
Finally, recent graduates are out of luck. The costs you incur in getting your first job aren’t deductible, because the tax law only allows you to write off expenses incurred in searching for another position in your present occupation.
But if you’re on the lookout for a new position, start saving those job-search receipts.
What You Can Write Off
- Employment and outplacement agency fees
- Resume services
- Printing and mailing costs of search letters
- Want-ad placement fees
- Telephone calls
Travel expenses, including out-of-town job-hunting trips.
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