Moving Companies - Moving Servicesers by

Pa Movers

Moving Expenses


  Publication 521: Moving Expenses:

Download Publication 521:

Download Moving-Expense Form:

 Deductible Moving Expenses
If you're not being reimbursed for moving costs (by your employer), you can deduct the expenses when determining your federal adjusted gross income.

What you can deduct:

  • the cost of transportation or hauling from your old residence to your new one

  • the cost of packing and crating and unpacking

  • the cost of storage-in-transit (limited to 30 consecutive days) and valuation (limited to 30 consecutive days)

  • the cost of shipping your car

  • the cost of moving your household pets

  • the cost of moving your personal belongings from a place other than your old residence (i.e. summer home, relative's home, etc.)

  • the family trip to the new residence (this includes lodging, but not meals)

  • you may not deduct expenses in excess of a reasonable amount.

Who Qualifies
All taxpayers are eligible to deduct moving expenses, even if they don't file an itemized return. You must, however, meet these qualifications:

  • You're moving to a new principal residence to work as an employee or as a self-employed individual at a new principal place of work.

  • Your new job is at least 50 miles farther from your former residence than your old job location.

  • You're a full-time employee in the general vicinity of the new job location for 39 weeks must be in the first 12 months.

  • If you're self-employed, you must continue to work in the new location (as a self-employed person or as an employee) for at least 78 weeks during the 24 months following the move, of which at least 39 weeks must be in the first 12 months.

  • Foreign moves and moves by military personnel are subject to special limitations. If you fall under this category, consult a professional tax advisor.

Problem Solving Line 1-800-829-1040

IRS Publication 521 Moving Expenses


 How to Choose a Mover

Moving companies provide a variety of services for a range of fees. It is a good idea to talk with different movers to compare their services. To find out who the best movers are in your area, begin by asking friends about their experiences with the movers they have used. You can also check with the Better Business Bureau or other consumer organizations in your local area. Relocation Portal Group does not recommend moving companies nor does it recommend one moving company over another.

Once you have compiled a list of movers, inform them of the destination and timing of your move. Ask them about the types of services they offer. Also ask them to explain their estimates in detail and to give you a copy. Then carefully compare to see which mover best suits your needs and budget.

If you are moving interstate, you should read and understand all of the information you will receive. In addition to brochures explaining their various services, moving companies should give you a copy of a consumer booklet entitled Your Rights and Responsibilities When You Move and information regarding the mover's participation in a Dispute Settlement Program. Distribution of the consumer booklet and the requirement that movers offer shippers neutral arbitration as a means of settling disputes that may arise concerning loss or damage on household goods shipments are requirements of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and formerly, the Interstate Commerce Commission.

It is important to try to make arrangements for your move well in advance, at least four to six weeks before the moving date.

When you choose your mover, be sure you understand: The rates and charges that will apply. The mover's liability for your belongings. How pickup and delivery will work. What claims protection you have.


@2006, - All Rights Reserved