NY will not waive tax on unemployment benefits

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Updated: April 07, 2021 12:33 PM
Created: April 07, 2021 12:29 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (WHEC)— New York State says it will not waive taxes on a portion of state unemployment benefits.

During a briefing on the state's budget, Budget Director Robert Mujica said Wednesday unemployed New Yorkers still have to pay state taxes on the first $10,200 in unemployment benefits collected.

"Those benefits have been subject to state tax for decades," Mujica said. " So those have not changed."

This breaks from the federal government, as the latest stimulus bill gave Americans the tax break on their federal income taxes. Click here for information on how to claim the tax break if you filed before the stimulus bill was passed.

News10NBC Investigative Reporter Jennifer Lewke has covered issues within unemployment extensively. See some of her investigations here.

You can view the budget briefing in full in the player below.

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