Qualified filers get an extra $25 a week. By Kimberly Lankford, Contributing Editor April 30, 2009 The stimulus increases weekly unemployment benefits by $25 through 2009. The increase is automatic; people who are collecting unemployment won't need to take any extra steps to boost their benefits. Plus, you're entitled to a tax break. Unemployment benefits are usually subject to federal income tax, but the first $2,400 in unemployment benefits in 2009 will be tax-free. The bill also lengthens the period for applying for the emergency unemployment-compensation program until December 31. That program provides up to 33 weeks of extended payments if you exhaust your regular benefits. Contact your state unemployment-benefits office for more information. Sponsored Content See More From the Stimulus Guide The New Stimulus Tax Credit This tax break puts up to $400 in your pocket. Advertisement New Car Sales-Tax Deduction Car buyers have till the end of the year to grab this above-the-line deduction. New Homebuyer Credit Take up to 10% off your purchase price. Health-Care Subsidy for the Unemployed Now there's extra help for paying COBRA coverage. AMT Tax Relief Taxpayers get a one-year fix on the alternative minimum tax. Advertisement College Aid Gets Fresh Funding Rather than introduce big new ideas, this bill mostly replenishes underfunded programs and increases amounts available to families.