Tax breaks for job searchers

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - When you're unemployed, it's easy to feel like you can't get a break.

But you actually can when it comes to your taxes.

That surprised people looking for work in Charlotte today.

"I did not know that," said Jimmy Birch. "I'm glad to hear that though!

Birch has been actively looking for a job.

"I've got resumes in my backpack right here," he told us.  He can deduct the money he's spending on those resumes and more.

If you're actively looking for work, you can deduct all sorts of expenses.

The cost of printing and mailing resumes, hiring agency fees, job search site memberships, and what you spend on travel to interviews.

Tax specialists say you can even claim costs if you take that trip without an interview lined up, as long you can prove you spent your time there looking for work.

But be careful about taking your claims too far. You may be getting a hair cut or buying clothes for a big interview, but Uncle Sam won't pay for it.

The golden rule when it comes to these tax breaks: don't claim anything that can be used for purposes other than your job hunt.