The Key Factor in Claiming a Tax Break for Moving

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The Key Factor in Claiming a Tax Break for Moving

If you’re relocating to take a new job, your moving expenses may be deductible.

I’m about to move to Chicago to start a new job. Will any of my moving expenses be tax-deductible?

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It depends on how far you’re moving. You can deduct moving expenses if your new job is at least 50 miles farther from your old home than your old job was. If it’s your first job, the job must be at least 50 miles from your current home. You can’t deduct any part of the expenses that will be reimbursed by your employer.

You can deduct the cost of hiring movers (both for packing and for transporting your possessions) or the cost of renting a moving van. You can also deduct the cost of travel for yourself and the members of your household from your old home to your new home (including the cost of lodging, but not meals). If you drive, you can write off 23 cents per mile in 2015. You can also deduct the cost of storing your possessions for up to 30 days between moving and delivery.

You don’t need to itemize to take the deduction. Submit Form 3903 when you file your taxes next spring. For more information, see IRS Publication 521, Moving Expenses. Save your receipts or credit card statements and a mileage log (if you’re deducting mileage) in your tax files.

For more information about moving, see Save Money on Moving.

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