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Taking Moving Expense Deductions

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.

Use IRS Tax Forms…

Checkmark-IconPublication 529 — moving expenses

Xmark-IconForm 3903 — moving expenses

Checkmark-IconForm 3903F — foreign moving expenses

Xmark-IconForm 4782 — employee moving expenses

Checkmark-Iconyou can get any of these forms directly from the IRS website

You Are Eligible To Deduct Moving Expenses If…

Xmark-Iconyour new job is 50+ miles farther from home than the old one was

Checkmark-Iconthe expenses are incurred within one year from the date you start the new job

Xmark-Iconyou are working full-time (39 weeks in the year)

You Face No Time Requirement If…

Checkmark-Iconyou lost your job through no fault of your own

Xmark-Iconyou are transferred by your employer

Checkmark-Iconyou are returning to the US from abroad upon retirement

Xmark-Iconyou take a new job with the armed forces

Checkmark-Iconyou experience a permanent station change with the armed forces

You May Deduct Expenses For…

Xmark-Iconmileage or gas and oil costs for using your own car in the move

Checkmark-Icondisconnecting and re-connecting or transferring your utilities

Xmark-Icontransportation and lodging for you and your family members

Checkmark-Iconparking fees and tolls during the trip to your new home

Xmark-Iconpacking and moving your household contents

Checkmark-Iconup to 30 days cost of storing your household belongings

Xmark-Iconexpenses deducted directly from your adjusted gross income

You May Not Deduct Expenses For…

Checkmark-Iconhouse-hunting trips

Xmark-Icontemporary living expenses

Checkmark-Iconthe cost of selling your old home

Xmark-Iconthe cost of buying a new home

Checkmark-Icondecorating expenses

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