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Do I handle a non-military PCS move the same as a military PCS move? I am a federal government employee.

 
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MargaretL
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Do I handle a non-military PCS move the same as a military PCS move? I am a federal government employee.

No, you don't handle it the same way - only members of Armed Forces do not have to satisfy the distance and time tests to qualify for moving expenses. You do must meet them to be able to deduct them:

The distance test - Your new workplace must be at least 50 miles farther from your old home than your old job location was from your old home. If you had no previous workplace, your new job location must be at least 50 miles from your old home.

The time test - If you're an employee, you must work full-time for at least 39 weeks during the first 12 months immediately following your arrival in the general area of your new job location. If you're self-employed, you must work full time for at least 39 weeks during the first 12 months and for a total of at least 78 weeks during the first 24 months immediately following your arrival in the general area of your new work location. 

Moving expenses are entered in Deductions And Credits section:

  1. Federal Taxes
  2. Deductions and Credits
  3. Scroll down to Other Deductions and Credits
  4. Select Moving Expenses

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MargaretL
Employee Tax Expert

Do I handle a non-military PCS move the same as a military PCS move? I am a federal government employee.

No, you don't handle it the same way - only members of Armed Forces do not have to satisfy the distance and time tests to qualify for moving expenses. You do must meet them to be able to deduct them:

The distance test - Your new workplace must be at least 50 miles farther from your old home than your old job location was from your old home. If you had no previous workplace, your new job location must be at least 50 miles from your old home.

The time test - If you're an employee, you must work full-time for at least 39 weeks during the first 12 months immediately following your arrival in the general area of your new job location. If you're self-employed, you must work full time for at least 39 weeks during the first 12 months and for a total of at least 78 weeks during the first 24 months immediately following your arrival in the general area of your new work location. 

Moving expenses are entered in Deductions And Credits section:

  1. Federal Taxes
  2. Deductions and Credits
  3. Scroll down to Other Deductions and Credits
  4. Select Moving Expenses
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