Job Hunting Expenses
What it is:
Job hunting expenses are costs that job seekers incur while searching for a new job.
How it works (Example):
Job hunting involves research and networking using various resources and services. These resources and services include: employment listings, talent and staffing agencies and professional resume writers. Other examples of expenses are transportation, self-advertisement costs or anything paid directly as part of a job hunt.
Job seekers may be eligible to deduct job hunting expenses from their income taxes if they sought a position similar to their previous one. Unfortunately, recent university graduates are not able deduct job hunting expenses. Eligible job seekers may claim this deduction regardless of whether or not they find a new job.
For example, suppose Jane is laid off from her engineering job in 2011 and spends $500 searching for a new job before the end of that year. Regardless of Jane's success in finding a new engineering job, she may deduct $500 from her 2011 income tax return.