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Don’t forget about moving expenses

On Behalf of | Aug 24, 2015 | Income Taxes |

It may be unusual to think about taxes in August, since next year’s federal income tax deadline isn’t until April. However, there are a number of people who relocate in August; whether it is to go to a new school (i.e. college) or to start a new job. Regardless of what the reason is, it may be possible to deduct the expenses incurred when moving on one’s tax return.

According to IRS publications, you may be able to deduct reasonable moving expenses if you moved because of a change in your job; regardless of whether you started a new job or initiated a new business. Unfortunately, you may deduct any expenses for meals incurred during the move. However, other expenses may apply if you meet three important criteria. 

The move qualifies under the distance test – The new job or business must be at least 50 miles away from your previous home. If you did not have a previous job, the new employment must still be at least 50 miles away from your previous domicile.

The move closely relates to the start of work – Essentially, expenses incurred within one year from the date you start work at your new business or job may be deducted on your tax return.

The time test must be met – As a new employee, you must work at least 39 weeks within the first 12 months of relocating to your new residence. For those who are self employed, work must be made for 78 weeks within the first 24 months after a move in order for moving expenses to be deductible. 

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