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To deduct moving expenses, you usually must meet certain time and distance tests. However, if you’re a member of the armed forces on active duty and you move due to a permanent change of station, you don't have to meet these tests. You can deduct your unreimbursed moving expenses on Form 3903: Moving Expenses.
Permanent change of station -- This includes a move from:
Spouse and dependents -- Spouses or dependents of a member of the armed forces who deserts, is imprisoned, or dies have special requirements. A permanent change of station includes a move to any of these locations:
The military might move you to or from a different location than the member. If so, the moves are treated as a single move to your new main job location.
Deductible moving expenses -- You can deduct the unreimbursed expenses of moving your household goods and personal effects, including these expenses:
You can include only the cost of storing and insuring your household goods and personal effects within any period of 30 consecutive days between these days:
You can deduct the expenses of traveling from your old home to your new home. These expenses don't include meals, but they do include:
Foreign moves -- A foreign move is a move from:
It's not a move from a foreign country to the United States or its possessions.
For a foreign move, the above deductible moving expenses are expanded to include these reasonable expenses:
The military might move you to or from a different location than the military member. If so, the moves are treated as a single move to your new main job location.
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