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Job Search Expenses


You may deduct various expenses paid while looking for a new job in your present occupation, even if you fail to obtain a new job. if you are switching occupation and looking for a job, you cannot deduct these expenses. You are also prohibited from claiming the job search deduction if there was a substantial break between the ending of your last job and your looking for a new one, or you are looking for a job for the first time, to use it in your tax return, please click here.
 
 
Employment and outplacement agency fees.   
Payments you make to employment and outplacement agencies are dedcutible. Any future employer reimbursement for employment agency fees must included in your gross income up to the amount of your tax benefit in the earlier year.



Résumé Preparation Fees.   
Amounts paid for preparing and mailing copies of your résumé to prospective employers are deductible.

Travel and transportation expenses.   
Travel expenses primarily designed to look for a new job in your present occupation, and return to your home are deductible. You can choose to use the standard mileage rate to figure your car expenses. The 2009 rate for business use of a vehicle is 55 cents per mile. See Publication 463 for more information on travel and car expenses.


Where do I report Additional Standard Deduction Amount for Real Estate Taxes? The deduction is claimed on IRS form 1040, Schedule A, line 23.
 
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