How to Take a Moving Tax Deduction

What moving expenses are deductible?

According to the IRS, you may deduct reasonable costs for moving your household goods and personal effects to a new home. The deduction applies only to costs for which you have not been reimbursed.

These include what you paid for:

  • transportation
  • packing, crating and unpacking
  • valuation coverage and storage in transit (up to 30 days each)

You may also deduct reasonable, non-reimbursed expenses for:

  • shipping your automobiles and boats
  • transporting your household pets—dogs, cats, tropical fish, etc.
  • connecting and disconnecting utilities for the move

You may deduct expenses for moving your personal belongings from a place other than your main residence (for example, a second home or relative's home). However, the cost cannot exceed what it would have cost to move them from your main residence. The family trip to your new residence is also deductible, including costs for lodging (but not meals).

Atlas is among the most recognized and called-upon movers in the world. We're the most trusted moving partner of corporations—plus a respected choice of military and government customers. We are pleased to share this information with you as you prepare for a successful move. However, it does not include all aspects of federal tax law, nor is it intended as tax advice; please talk to your tax professional.

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