Expenses incurred while looking for employment are often tax deductible, but you have to follow the rules laid down by the Internal Revenue Service. The first thing to consider is whether your search is targeted to a position similar to the one you last held. Career changers are out of luck when it comes to deducting job-search expenses. Under the "same occupation rule" you can claim expenses that you've incurred only in trying to find a job like the one you had before.

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