What Are Typical Moving Travel Expenses for Taxes?

Keep records of all your moving costs so you can claim a tax deduction.

Keep records of all your moving costs so you can claim a tax deduction.

You've been looking forward to moving since you realized your apartment wasn't so soundproof and the "spacious" dimensions were a lot more "cozy" after your furniture moved in. If your move meets the distance and time tests, you can deduct a lot of the costs associated with moving on your taxes, even if you don't itemize your deductions.

Moving Yourself

You can also deduct the costs of travel for yourself and your family from your old home to your new home. You can either use your actual driving expenses you paid for gas and oil on the trip or you can use the standard mileage rate, which allows you to estimate your costs based on the number of miles you drove. You can also include the cost of reasonable lodging along the way. Food stops aren't deductible — you were going to have to eat whether you moved or not. However, you're limited to deducting the costs you would have paid if you took the most direct route. For example, if you're moving from Kansas City to Denver, but you take a detour to see your girlfriends in Tulsa, you're limited to deducting the cost of the most direct route.

Moving Your Belongings

If you're the type of person who just can't let go of anything, packing and moving your belongings can be quite expensive. Thankfully, you can deduct the transportation costs as a moving expense on your taxes. You can also include furniture moved from somewhere besides your previous home. For example, if you've still got furniture at your parents' house, you can include the cost of moving it from their house to your new house, but only to the extend that it doesn't exceed what you would have paid to move it from your old house. For example, if it costs $500 to move your bed from your parents' house to your new home, but would have only cost $300 if you had moved it from your old house, you're limited to deducting just the $300.

Storage Expenses

If your new place isn't quite ready and your old lease is up, your belongings might take a detour to a storage facility along the way. You can deduct the cost of storing your stuff for up to 30 consecutive days between the time you move out of your old house and into your new one. For example, if you move out on June 15 but your new home won't be ready for furniture so you have to put it in storage until July 1, you can deduct storage fees. However, if you have to wait more than 30 days, you're limited to deducting the cost of the first 30 days.

Pet and Car Travel

Your tax pro has had to remind you every year that as much as you love your cat Fluffy, you can't claim her as your dependent on your tax return. However, this year Fluffy could help you take a deduction for the costs you paid to get her to your new home. Also, if you've got multiple cars and have to ship one or more of them, you can deduct those costs as well.


About the Author

Mark Kennan is a writer based in the Kansas City area, specializing in personal finance and business topics. He has been writing since 2009 and has been published by "Quicken," "TurboTax," and "The Motley Fool."

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