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Moving Expenses - Podcast text script

HI… I’M CHRISTINA ... AND I WORK FOR THE INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE.

HAVE YOU RECENTLY MOVED BECAUSE OF A CHANGE IN YOUR JOB LOCATION?

IF SO… YOU MAY BE ABLE TO DEDUCT CERTAIN EXPENSES FROM YOUR INCOME AND LOWER YOUR TAX BILL.

THESE INCLUDE … THE COST OF TRANSPORTING YOUR BELONGINGS AND THE COST OF TRAVELING FROM YOUR OLD HOME TO YOUR NEW ONE.

YOU CAN DEDUCT MOVING EXPENSES IF… THEY WERE INCURRED WITHIN ONE YEAR FROM THE DATE YOU FIRST REPORTED TO WORK AT THE NEW JOB LOCATION… AND… THE DISTANCE FROM YOUR NEW HOME MUST BE SHORTER THAN THE DISTANCE FROM YOUR OLD HOME TO THE NEW JOB LOCATION.

IN ADDITION… YOU HAVE TO MEET ANOTHER DISTANCE REQUIREMENT.  

THIS ONE SAYS… YOUR NEW JOB LOCATION MUST BE AT LEAST 50 MILES FARTHER AWAY FROM YOUR OLD HOME THAN YOUR OLD JOB LOCATION WAS.  

IN OTHER WORDS… MOVING ACROSS THE STATE OR ACROSS THE COUNTRY WILL USUALLY QUALIFY.

BUT A CROSS-TOWN MOVE USUALLY WILL NOT.

FINALLY… YOU MUST MEET A TIME TEST.

THAT MEANS YOU MUST WORK A MINIMUM OF 39 WEEKS IN THE FIRST YEAR AFTER YOU MOVE TO YOUR NEW LOCATION.  

DIFFERENT RULES APPLY TO MEMBERS OF THE ARMED FORCES… RETIREES OR SURVIVORS OF SOMEONE WHO WAS WORKING OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES… AND WHO ARE NOW MOVING BACK.

FOR MORE DETAILS ON MOVING EXPENSES … CHECK OUT PUBLICATION 521. YOU CAN FIND IT ON OUR WEBSITE AT I-R-S-DOT-GOV.

Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 27-Jun-2013