You may, under certain circumstances, deduct some moving expenses on your federal income tax return if you complete the appropriate forms. You should consider asking your accountant about the tax implications of the following move-related deductions.
If you are moving in order to start a new job or have been transferred to a new location in your current job, the IRS allows you to deduct reasonable moving expenses as an adjustment to gross income if certain conditions, including the following, are met:
If you meet the qualifications, the following types of expenses may be deductible if you moved with the United States or from a foreign country into U.S. territory.
Packing and Transporting
You can deduct the reasonable expenses of packing, crating and transporting your family’s personal effects from your former home to your new one. Moving expenses can also include the transportation of your automobile and pets and the cost of valuation and in-transit storage. For moves within the United States, the deduction of in-transit storage expenses is limited to the cost of 30 consecutive days of storage after your goods are picked up. Guidance about whether particular expenses are reasonable is available from the IRS.
You can deduct the cost of your personal, one-way transportation and lodging. The trip should be the shortest, most direct route available for the type of transportation selected. It is not necessary that all family members travel at the same time. However, the expenses for only one trip per person may be deducted. Additional information about particular expenses may be obtained from the IRS.
If you are self-employed, you may deduct the aforementioned expenses if you have already made specific arrangements to operate your business at a new location. There is no cap on the maximum deduction allowed for transporting household goods or for a family’s travel costs to the new home.
|Meals while moving from the old home to the new one||Pre-move house hunting trips||Temporary housing prior to moving into permanent housing||Costs of selling, buying or leasing homes as a result of a move|
|Deposits lost due to damage or neglected cleaning||Deposits required when entering a new lease||Home improvements||Licenses for drivers and automobiles|
|Lost club membership dues||Loss on the sale of your home||Mortgage penalties||Real-estate taxes (These are listed as itemized deductions on Schedule A.)|
Moving expenses are deductible only as an adjustment to gross income. Generally, to support your claim for deductions, you should use Internal Revenue Service Form 3903 — “Moving Expenses” — which shows the type and amount of moving expenses incurred. However, there are circumstances where other forms should be used, so remember to consult the IRS or your tax advisor to make sure that you are using the correct forms.
If you receive reimbursement for move-related expenses, that reimbursement is likely to have tax implications. Be sure to discuss those implications with your employer and your tax advisor. Specific guidance about reimbursements is available from the IRS. Your employer should provide you with information about the method of reimbursement used and what records you are required to have relating to reimbursement.
Because United cannot legally offer tax advice, you should always consult the Internal Revenue Service or your personal tax advisor for the most current information about your particular situation.