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Moving Expense Deduction?

I moved my household to another city (2000 miles) after I sold a home and for a new position over a year ago. The job did not materialize and I moved my household back for a new job this year. Can I deduct my moving expenses this year for this delayed relocation and new job? 

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DianeW
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Moving Expense Deduction?

You can deduct the moving expenses for the most recent move if you will meet the time and distance tests required. 

As long as you know you will meet the 39 weeks of work in the new area you report the expenses of the move in the year paid.  If, for some reason, you work less than that in the future you would amend your return.

Time Test: If you are an employee, you must work full time for at least 39 weeks during the first 12 months after you arrive in the general area of your new job location (39-week test). Full-time employment depends on what is usual for your type of work in your area. (78 weeks of the first 24 months for self employment)

Distance Test: Your move will meet the distance test if your new main job location is at least 50 miles farther from your former home than your old main job location was from your former home. For example, if your old main job location was 3 miles from your former home, your new main job location must be at least 53 miles from that former home. Use the worksheet in Publication 521-Moving Expense if necessary.

Time Test Not Yet Met -You can deduct your moving expenses on your 2017 tax return even though you haven't met the time test by the date your 2017 return is due. You can do this if you expect to meet the 39-week test in 2018. 

  • Guide to IRS Form 3903:  Moving Expense
    • Moving expenses can be entered by following the steps here. 
      1. Search for moving > Jump to moving
      2. Follow the screens to enter your moving expenses
      3. Click the images attached to enlarge and view for assistance.
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