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Tax Deductions for Work-Related Moving Expenses

Tax reform drastically changed what moving expenses you can and can’t write off after a work-related relocation. Find out how you’re affected.

Can I write off my moving expenses if I’m moving for work?

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA or Tax Reform) eliminated the moving expenses deduction for all but members of the United States Armed Forces.

Which moving expenses are tax deductible?

If you are in the military and are moving under Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders, you may be able to deduct any unreimbursed moving expenses related to:

  • Moving your household goods and personal effects
  • Traveling (including lodging but not meals) to your new home

If you use your car to take yourself, members of your household, or your personal effects to your new home, you can figure your expenses by deducting either:

  • Your actual expenses, such as gas and oil for your car
  • The standard mileage rate of 18 cents per mile

Whether you use actual expenses or the standard mileage rate, you can deduct expenses for parking and tolls you pay during the move.

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