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Are My Moving Expenses Tax Deductible?

Find out if you Move is Deductible from your taxes

Tax Deductible Moving Expense
 Moving Expenses
If you moved due to a change in your job or business location, or because you started a new job or business, you may be able to deduct your reasonable moving expenses but not any expenses for meals. You can deduct your moving expenses if you meet all three of the following requirements:
  • Your move closely relates to the start of work
  • You meet the distance test
  • You meet the time test
Move Related to Start of Work - Your move must closely relate both in time and in place to the start of work at your new location. You can consider moving expenses incurred within one year from the date you first reported to work at the new location as closely related in time to the start of work. A move generally relates closely in place if the distance from your new home to the new job location is not more than the distance from your former home to the new job location. For exceptions to these requirements, see Publication 521,Moving Expenses.

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 are 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 are 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. There are exceptions to the time test in case of death, disability, and involuntary separation, among other things. See Publication 521 for these exceptions.

Members of the Armed Forces
If you are a member of the Armed Forces and your move was due to a military order and permanent change of station, you do not have to satisfy the distance or time tests.

Tax Deductible Moving Expense

Reporting Moving Expenses
Figure moving expenses on Form 3903 (PDF), Moving Expenses, and deduct as an adjustment to income on Form 1040 (PDF), U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. You cannot deduct any moving expenses covered by reimbursements from your employer that are excluded from your income.
Additional Information
For more information on deductible and nondeductible moving expenses and information on moves between locations in and outside the United States, refer to Publication 521Moving Expenses.

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Moving During DC's Cherry Blossoms Season

Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC
Moving to DC can be very stressful....  But not when there's chipper music playing with cherry blossoms in the background.

Check out our new video that illustrates our point...



Mic's Moving
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Great Movers get Great Reviews

Gotta give the squad some praise for earning three 5 star reviews in the past 3 days.  We like to think we perform 5 star jobs everyday, it's just nice to see that our customers are backing us up and we aren't just bragging.  I guess we're still bragging.





The Zippy Apartment Mover

Not only is it great scooter weather, it's great moving weather and a great time to do some aggressive marketing.  With so many movers out there, it's really hard for us to stand out as as one of DC's Top Movers.  So we're doing all we can to get the word out by scootin' around town, posting posters in high traffic moving areas.

That doesn't stop Skidi and Eric, (2 of our legendary movers) from making fun of our awkward couch poster pose.
The invisible mover lift 






The Perfect Apartment Mover for you

Duponts Apartment Skyline- Perspective of  an Apartment Mover 

6 Steps to Finding the Perfect Apartment Mover for You

  1. Make a budget. Make a list of different things you can do yourself to reduce the cost: throw out/sell unwanted items, request help from family and friends, pack yourself or hire a full service packing and moving company. Here are some more great ways to reduce your relocation cost.  The more money you save on moving, the more money you can waste on new Ikea furniture.
  2. Research to find a reputable apartment mover-   There are hundreds of movers out there.  On the right side of the page you will find 3 of the best mover review sites that direct you to the best apartment mover for the job.
  3. Do not hire the cheapest moving company- We've all heard of those horrible moving stories when cheap shady companies get involved.  Many cheap offers have hidden fees, employ unfairly paid day laborers, and do not follow laws or have insurance.
  4. Make sure the apartment mover is fully licensed and insured.  Double check to be sure the company is in good standing with the Federal Motor Vehicle Registration.  Every reputable apartment mover should have a link that describes their insurance.  
  5. Timing- Check with your apartment's restrictions (some places prohibit moves on weekends).  Make sure the mover's schedule is cohesive with any elevators and loading docks you have reserved. Remember, the more flexible you are, the better rate you can get.  Here are the best dates to book your move. 
  6. Lock it in! Once you find your best option, reserve that company ASAP. Movers tend to get very busy in the spring and summer, so the good guys get booked up quickly.
Don't forget, moving is a two way street.  Even if you hire the best apartment mover in DC, it's still a team effort between you and your movers.  Moving day tips-Cell phone on, packed, organized, and a few fresh gatorades never hurt :)





7 Week Moving Checklist


7 Weeks Before the Big Move

  • Get a least 3 different quotes from DC's top moving companies including a free moving quote from Mic's Moving:)
  • Break down your moving budget. 
  • Create a file to keep track of quotes, receipts and other important moving information.

6 Weeks Before the Big Move

  • Start compiling medical, records, school records, financial records.
  • Call your agent to see what changes you need to make to your insurance policies.
  • Cancel your local memberships to sports clubs, gyms, and more.

5 Weeks Before the Big Move

  • Begin purging your home. Separate items into those you will keep, donate or discard.
  • Plan a garage sale.  This can save you money on moving costs while you are making cash getting rid of unwanted items.
  • Start using items that can't be moved such as frozen foods, bleach, and aerosols, propane, gas other flammable items.
  • Contact health clubs, organization, and groups to cancel or transfer memberships.

4 Weeks Before The Big Move

  • If you are packing yourself, order packing supplies, boxes, packing paper, tape ect.
  • Begin packing the items you rarely use.
  • Clearly label each box with the room it goes in at the drop off address and clearly label fragile boxes
  • File a change of address, or ask the post office to keep your mail at a post office near your new home.

3 Weeks Before The Big Move

  • Reserve your move online if you haven't already.
  • Notify these utility services of your move (both at your old and new locations): Electric, Gas, Water, Phone, Internet, Cable, 

2 Weeks Before The Big Move

  • Plan how to transport your plants (they cannot be moved in the trailer or ReloCube).
  • Dispose of flammables, corrosives, and poisons.
  • Have your automobile serviced.and plan a way to ship or drive it.
  • Confirm parking for your moving companies truck. Here are some links for parking reservations in the greater DC area.
  • Confirm travel arrangements for pets

1 Week Before The Big Move

  • Review your moving plans with your moving consultant. Email with questions.
  • Contact your bank or credit card company if you are planning to pay for your move by debit or credit card.
  • Plan to eat plenty of takeout, cooking will be difficult
  • Notify friends and family of your new address and phone number
  • Pack an essentials box to keep high value items with you during the move.  Passports, cash jewelry ect.
  • Drain gas and oil from lawn equipment, gas grills, heaters, etc.
  • Drain water hoses and waterbeds.
  • Measure furniture and doorways to determine if larger pieces will fit through the door.
  • Empty and defrost refrigerator at least 24 hours before the move.
  • Fill any prescriptions you will need during the move.
CLick here for some more tips to prepare for the big moving day

Best time to Move


Picking the best time to move

The best time to move is truly when everyone else isn't.  You can save yourself a ton of time money and frustration by being flexible with your move date and moving when most other people are not.  

Unfortunately for us movers, people love moving on some of the best days of the week, Friday Saturday and Sunday.  This means we are almost always busy Friday Saturday and Sunday.  Saturday by far is the most common day of the week people want to move.  This means that movers are busy, trucks are reserved, elevators are booked, and rates can be more expensive.  We actually offer our cheapest rates between Monday thru Thursday.

Another very busy time for movers is at the very end and very begining of the month.  People move when their lease is up, which for some reason, tends to always be at the end of the month.  Middle of the month during the week is a great time to reserve your move.

If you are extremely flexible, ask the moving company what day soon works best for them.  Moving companies love to fill in gaps during the week where they are slow.  If you're lucky, you may even get a discount ;)




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