You can claim the tax write-off as long as your first job is at least 50 miles away from home. By Kevin McCormally, Chief Content Officer December 20, 2016 Although job-hunting expenses are not deductible when looking for your first job, moving expenses to get to that job are. And you get this write-off even if you don't itemize.See Also: 16 IRS Audit Red Flags To qualify for the deduction, your first job must be at least 50 miles away from your old home. If you qualify, you can deduct the cost of getting yourself and your household goods to the new area. If you drove your own car on a 2016 move, deduct 19 cents a mile, plus what you paid for parking and tolls. Sponsored Content For a full list of deductible moving expenses, check out IRS Publication 521. Learn more about all 23 commonly overlooked tax deductions before you file your federal return.