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Owing federal taxes will not disqualify you from receiving unemployment benefits.
The IRS can levy on your bank account and if you get your unemployment benefits directly deposited, as most people do, then they are fair game. However, you would be eligible to be placed on "non-collectible status" by the IRS based on your current economic state. You should consult with a tax attorney who can help you with this. Once you are on uncollectible status, the IRS will not take any collection action against you. However, they can still withhold any future federal tax refund checks.
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