If you are being relocated by your work or are moving for a new job, you may be able to count your moving expenses as a legitimate deduction on your tax return. These guidelines will let you know if you are eligible — as well as what you can (and can’t) deduct.
Publication 529 — moving expenses
Form 3903 — moving expenses
Form 3903F — foreign moving expenses
Form 4782 — employee moving expenses
you can get any of these forms directly from the IRS website
your new job is 50+ miles farther from home than the old one was
the expenses are incurred within one year from the date you start the new job
you are working full-time (39 weeks in the year)
you lost your job through no fault of your own
you are transferred by your employer
you are returning to the US from abroad upon retirement
you take a new job with the armed forces
you experience a permanent station change with the armed forces
mileage or gas and oil costs for using your own car in the move
disconnecting and re-connecting or transferring your utilities
transportation and lodging for you and your family members
parking fees and tolls during the trip to your new home
packing and moving your household contents
up to 30 days cost of storing your household belongings
expenses deducted directly from your adjusted gross income
temporary living expenses
the cost of selling your old home
the cost of buying a new home
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