Tax Deductible Moving ExpensesJanuary 8, 2015
Tax-deductible moving expenses apply only to those who are required to move to their job
This process is done by attached a moving expenses form to your tax claim in order to have those expenses taken care of. Below are the expenses that can be deducted, which one’s cannot be deducted, and which moving costs can be deducted.
Criteria for Tax Moving Expenses Deductible
There are three pieces of criteria that have to be met in order to qualify for a moving expense tax deduction
- You must be moving due to a change in work location and be close to the start of work. This means that you must begin working again within one year of moving.
- You are required to pass the IRS distance test. This test requires your new job to be locat
ed a minimum of 50 miles from your previous job location.
- You are required to pass the IRS time test. This test requires you t work as a full time employee for at least 39 weeks within the first year.
Tax Moving Expenses that cannot be deducted
There are a few items that you are not allowed to deduct from your taxes.
- You are not allowed to deduct the cost from opting out of an old lease or starting a new one.
- You are not allowed to deduct the cost of car titles or receiving a new driver’s license.
- You are not allowed to deduct the cost of selling your house. This includes closing costs, property taxes and other common expenses.
- You are not allowed to deduct the cost of decorating your old home or new home.
Which Tax Moving Costs can be deducted?
There are two categories of moving expenses items that can be deducted from your taxes.
- Travel expenses to your new home can be deducted. This includes the cost of getting you and your family from point A to point B.
- Expenses for transporting your items to your new home can be deducted. This includes expenses for 30 days of storage, as well as the packing and shipping of your belongings.