521: 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.
you can deduct:
cost of transportation or hauling from your old residence to
your new one
cost of packing and crating and unpacking
cost of storage-in-transit (limited to 30 consecutive days)
and valuation (limited to 30 consecutive days)
cost of shipping your car
cost of moving your household pets
cost of moving your personal belongings from a place other
than your old residence (i.e. summer home, relative's home,
family trip to the new residence (this includes lodging, but
may not deduct expenses in excess of a
All taxpayers are eligible to deduct moving expenses, even if
they don't file an itemized return. You must, however, meet
moving to a new principal residence to work as an employee
or as a self-employed individual at a new principal place of
new job is at least 50 miles farther from your former
residence than your old job location.
a full-time employee in the general vicinity of the new job
location for 39 weeks must be in the first 12 months.
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.
moves and moves by military personnel are subject to special
limitations. If you fall under this category, consult a
professional tax advisor.
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Publication 521 Moving Expenses
to Choose a Mover
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.
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
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.
is important to try to make arrangements for your move
well in advance, at least four to six weeks before the
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.
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