You can deduct certain expenses incurred in looking for a new job in your present occupation, even if you do not get a new job. According to the IRS tax regulations, you can deduct amounts you spend for typing, printing, and mailing copies of a resume to prospective employers if you are looking for a new job in your present occupation.
Be aware that you cannot deduct these expenses if:
1.) You are looking for a job in a new occupation,
2.) There was a substantial break between the ending of your last job and your looking for a new one, or
3.) You are looking for a job for the first time.
In order to claim a deduction, you must itemize these expenses on Schedule A of you tax return (NOTE: miscellaneous deductions, which include job search expenses, must exceed 2% of you adjusted gross income).
For more information on claiming job search related deductions, visit the IRS web site at http://www.irs.gov and search for "Job Search Expenses" under "Forms and Publications".
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