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Taking Moving Expense Deductions

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  • new job is 50+ miles farther from home than old one was
  • expenses are incurred within one year from date you start new job
  • you are working full-time (39 weeks in the year)
  • no time requirement if first job 50+ miles from home
  • no time requirement if lost job through no fault of your own
  • no time requirement if transferred by employer
  • no time requirement if returning to US from abroad upon retirement
  • no time requirement if new job with armed forces
  • no time requirement if permanent station change with armed forces


  • mileage or gas and oil costs for using your own car in the move
  • disconnecting and re-connecting / transferring your utilities
  • transportation and lodging for you and family members
  • parking fees and tolls during the trip to your new home
  • packing and moving your household contents
  • up to 30 days cost of storing household belongings
  • expenses deducted directly from your adjusted gross income


  • house-hunting trips
  • temporary living expenses
  • cost of selling your old home
  • cost of buying a new home
  • decorating expenses


  • Publication 529 (moving expenses)
  • Form 3903 (moving expenses)
  • Form 3903F (foreign moving expenses)
  • Form 4782 (employee moving expenses)
  • available at 1-800-829-3676 or www.irs.gov


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