I have a friend who is thinking about taking a new job (don’t worry devotees, my friend is not me, I promise!) and she will need to move to a new town because the distance between where she lives currently and the new job is too far away.
She asked me the other day if she moves, will her moving expenses be deductible, and exactly what part of her moving expenses will be deductible. I told her that deductible moving expenses can be complicated, the IRS has a publication that is 19 pages long and devoted solely to moving expenses, but I would give her a quick overview and then after I shared this information with her, I thought I should share it with you while it’s still fresh on my mind.
You first have to pass the distance test. Your new job has to be 50 miles farther from the distance between your former residence and your old Job. Basically if your morning commute was 10 miles, your new job has to be 60 miles away for you to qualify for moving expenses.
The next test is the Time Test. If you are an employee you need to work full time for at least 39 weeks during the first 12 months after you move. These 39 weeks do not need to be consecutive. If you are self employed you must work for 39 weeks during the first 12 months AND for at least 78 weeks for the first 24 months.
Okay, if you can pass both the distance and the time test, you will be able to deduct some of your moving expenses. Remember to keep your receipts!!
You can deduct moving household goods, personal effects and traveling to your new home. Lodging, as long as it’s reasonable, is deductible, but meals are not.
If you are traveling by car, you can deduct the mileage at 16.5 cents per mile for 2010.
I was surprised to find out you can also deduct the cost of shipping your dog or cat! This maybe one of the only places you’ll be able to get a deduction for owning a pet ever!
Well, that was my quick overview of deductible moving expenses, if you want to read more, grab an extremely large coffee and IRS Publication 521.
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