For people who tried to find new jobs in the past year, the tax code may offer a number of different benefits for them this filing season.

For example, the IRS reports that various job search expenses can be deducted, as long as the search is conducted within one's current occupational field. Funds spent at an employment agency are deductible, as long as one is not paid back later by an employer.

Taxpayers can also deduct the amount they spend mailing copies of their resume, or if they have travel expenses related to their job search - although personal expenses incurred during such trips cannot be deducted. All such deductions are contingent upon looking for work within one's current field.

If a significant period of time elapses between the end of one's employment and the start of a job search, the deductions may not apply. Other deductions are available for moving expenses associated with moving away to take a new job.

Also, those who spent time receiving unemployment benefits in 2009 will not have to pay federal tax on the first $2,400 due to a provision in the federal stimulus act.

However, it should be remembered that first time job seekers cannot claim expenses.

Every effort has been taken to provide the most accurate and honest analysis of the tax information provided in this blog. Please use your discretion before making any decisions based on the information provided. This blog is not intended to be a substitute for seeking professional tax advice based on your individual needs.