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Who Can Deduct Moving Expenses?

In order to get the largest refund you can get, you will need to know what the IRS allows you to deduct on your tax return. When you do your taxes, you should always have your eyes on the prize and think about that tax refund.

In order to deduct your moving expenses and get that much closer to the largest refund possible on your tax return, you must be able to meet all three of these requirements:

1. The IRS wants your move to be closely related to the start of work both in time and in place. In other words, you must move within a year from the day you first start work in the new place. However, you don’t need to set up work before moving. In order to satisfy that your move is closely related in place, you must be able to show that the distance from your new home to your new job is not more than the distance from your former home to the new job.

2. You must meet the distance test. Your new job location must be at least 50 miles farther from your old home than your old job was from your former home.

3. You must meet the time test. There are different time tests for employees and self-employed taxpayers. An employee must work full time for 39 weeks during the first 12 months after arrival. The self-employed taxpayer must work 78 weeks during the first 24 months of arrival.

If you can meet these conditions you can deduct several moving expenses. You can deduct the cost of moving your household goods and personal effects. You may also deduct ordinary travel expenses including lodging but not meals. Don’t forget that you can deduct the costs of connecting and disconnecting utilities, costs of shipping your car and household pets, and the cost of storing and insuring household goods. All these deductions certainly will help you receive a higher tax refund. It is certainly worth learning about.
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