26 U.S. Code § 85 - Unemployment compensation
For purposes of this section, the term “unemployment compensation” means any amount received under a law of the United States or of a State which is in the nature of unemployment compensation.
2014—Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 113–295 struck out subsec. (c). Text read as follows: “In the case of any taxable year beginning in 2009, gross income shall not include so much of the unemployment compensation received by an individual as does not exceed $2,400.”
2009—Subsec. (c). Pub. L. 111–5 added subsec. (c).
1986—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 99–514 substituted “General rule” for “In general” in heading and amended text generally. Prior to amendment, text read as follows: “If the sum for the taxable year of the adjusted gross income of the taxpayer (determined without regard to this section, section 86 and section 221) and the unemployment compensation exceeds the base amount, gross income for the taxable year includes unemployment compensation in an amount equal to the lesser of—
“(1) one-half of the amount of the excess of such sum over the base amount, or
“(2) the amount of the unemployment compensation.”
Subsecs. (b), (c). Pub. L. 99–514, in amending section generally, redesignated former subsec. (c) as (b) and struck out former subsec. (b), “Base amount defined”, which read as follows: “For purposes of this section, the term ‘base amount’ means—
“(1) except as provided in paragraphs (2) and (3), $12,000,
“(2) $18,000, in the case of a joint return under section 6013, or
“(3) zero, in the case of a taxpayer who—
“(A) is married at the close of the taxable year (within the meaning of section 143) but does not file a joint return for such year, and
“(B) does not live apart from his spouse at all times during the taxable year.”
1983—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 98–21, § 122(c)(2), struck out “, section 105(d),” after “section 86”.
Pub. L. 98–21, § 121(f)(1), inserted “section 86,” after “this section,”.
1982—Subsec. (b)(1). Pub. L. 97–248, § 611(a)(1), substituted “$12,000” for “$20,000”.
Subsec. (b)(2). Pub. L. 97–248, § 611(a)(2), substituted “$18,000” for “$25,000”.
1981—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 97–34 substituted “this section, section 105(d), and section 221” for “this section and without regard to section 105(d)” in parenthetical provision preceding par. (1).
Amendment by Pub. L. 99–514 applicable to amounts received after Dec. 31, 1986, in taxable years ending after such date, see section 151(b) of Pub. L. 99–514, set out as a note under section 1 of this title.
Amendment by section 121(f)(1) of Pub. L. 98–21 applicable to benefits received after Dec. 31, 1983, in taxable years ending after such date, except for any portion of a lump-sum payment of social security benefits received after Dec. 31, 1983, if the generally applicable payment date for such portion was before Jan. 1, 1984, see section 121(g) of Pub. L. 98–21, set out as an Effective Date note under section 86 of this title.
Amendment by section 122(c)(2) of Pub. L. 98–21 applicable to taxable years beginning after Dec. 31, 1983, except that if an individual’s annuity starting date was deferred under section 105(d)(6) of this title as in effect on the day before Apr. 20, 1983, such deferral shall end on the first day of such individual’s first taxable year beginning after Dec. 31, 1983, see section 122(d) of Pub. L. 98–21, set out as a note under section 22 of this title.
Written determinations for this section
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