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Information Bulletin #60
Income Tax
July 2021
(Replaces Income Tax Information Bulletin #60 dated May 2012)
Effective Date: January 1, 2020 (retroactive)

SUBJECT: Taxation of Unemployment Compensation Benefits

DISCLAIMER: Information bulletins are intended to provide nontechnical assistance to the general public. Every attempt is made to provide the information that is consistent with the appropriate statutes, rules, and court decisions. Any information that is not consistent with the law, rules, or court decisions is not binding on either the department or the taxpayer. Therefore, the information provided herein should serve only as a foundation for further investigation and study of the current law and procedures related to the subject matter covered herein.

Aside from nonsubstantive technical changes, this bulletin has been updated to reflect changes in Indiana treatment of unemployment benefits for 2020, to provide an updated worksheet for computing the unemployment compensation for 2020, and to provide guidance on whether amended returns should be filed.

Generally, unemployment compensation benefits are taxable at the federal level. However, for the 2020 taxable year, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 enacted a retroactive change under IRC § 85(c), allowing an exclusion of unemployment compensation of up to $10,200 per individual, provided that the taxpayer (single or married) had a federal adjusted gross income of less than $150,000 prior to inclusion of unemployment compensation.

Pursuant to IC 6-3-1-3.5(a)(33), as enacted by HEA 1436-2021, Indiana required that any excluded unemployment for 2020 be added back in determining Indiana adjusted gross income. However, a threshold of $12,000 for single taxpayers and $18,000 for married taxpayers filing jointly, determined by adding federal adjusted gross income and any unemployment compensation excluded from federal gross income for 2020, determines the taxability of unemployment compensation benefits in Indiana.

For years other than 2020, the following worksheet should be used to calculate the Indiana deduction, if qualified.
1. Net unemployment compensation received in the tax year  _________ 
2. Federal adjusted gross income including net unemployment compensation  _________ 
3. Enter $12,000 if single or $18,000 if married filing jointly  _________ 
4. Subtract line 3 from line 2. If zero or less, enter zero.  _________ 
5. Enter 50% of the amount on Line 4  _________ 
6. Taxable unemployment compensation for Indiana purposes: enter the amount from Line 1 or Line 5, whichever is smaller  _________ 
7. Subtract Line 6 from Line 1.  _________ 

For 2020 only, the following worksheet should be used:
1.  Unemployment compensation included on IT-40, line 1 or on IT-40PNR, Schedule A, line 36B (do not include any unemployment compensation issued by the U. S. Railroad Retirement Board)   
2.  Unemployment compensation excluded from federal AGI (do not include any unemployment compensation issued by U. S. Railroad Retirement Board). If filing an IT-40PNR, only use the portion of unemployment compensation excluded from federal AGI earned while an Indiana resident   
3.  Add lines 1 and 2   
4.  Federal adjusted gross income from federal Form 1040/1040SR, line 11   
5.  Unemployment compensation excluded from federal AGI   
6.  Add lines 4 and 5   
7.  Enter $12,000 if single, or $18,000 if married filing a joint return   
8.  Subtract line 7 from line 6. If zero or less, enter -0-   
9.  Enter one-half of the amount on line 8 (divide line 8 by the number 2)   
10.  Taxable unemployment compensation for Indiana purposes: enter the amount from either line 3 or line 9, whichever is smaller  10   
11.  Subtract line 10 from line 3. Carry this amount to Schedule 2, line 10 (or Schedule C, Line 10 if filing Form IT-40PNR). If zero or less, enter -0-  11   

Enter the amount from Line 7 (Line 11 for the 2020 worksheet) on the appropriate line of Schedule 2 of Form IT-40 or Schedule C of Form IT-40PNR.

If you were married but are filing separately and you lived with your spouse at any time during the year, you must enter 0 on Line 3 of the worksheet (Line 7 of the 2020 worksheet). However, if you were married and filing separately and lived apart from your spouse the entire year, you may use the single taxpayer income limitation of $12,000 on Line 3 (Line 7 of the 2020 worksheet).

For 2020 only, the department has attempted to correct electronically-filed returns where a discrepancy in the amount of income or deduction occurred due to the late filing of the return. However, some electronically filed returns may not have had the discrepancy automatically corrected. In addition, paper-filed returns with a discrepancy may not have the discrepancy automatically corrected.

For paper-filed returns, if the unemployment compensation (including any addback) and/or the Indiana-specific deduction for unemployment compensation was incorrectly reported, an amended return will be required to correct any issues. For electronic returns that incorrectly reported the unemployment compensation and/or the Indiana-specific deduction for unemployment compensation, an amended return should be filed only if you have not been notified by the department by July 6, 2021. If an amended return is filed that reports excluded unemployment compensation, please use Code 120 to report any federally-excluded unemployment compensation subject to Indiana tax.

Robert J. Grennes, Jr.

Posted: 07/28/2021 by Legislative Services Agency

DIN: 20210728-IR-045210278NRA
Composed: Dec 07,2022 3:55:33PM EST
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