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Free tax services online The decedent's former home was also your home. Free tax services online When a move begins. Free tax services online   A move begins when one of the following events occurs. Free tax services online You contract for your household goods and personal effects to be moved to your home in the United States, but only if the move is completed within a reasonable time. Free tax services online Your household goods and personal effects are packed and on the way to your home in the United States. Free tax services online You leave your former home to travel to your new home in the United States. Free tax services online Deductible Moving Expenses If you meet the requirements discussed earlier under Who Can Deduct Moving Expenses, you can deduct the reasonable expenses of: Moving your household goods and personal effects (including in-transit or foreign-move storage expenses), and Traveling (including lodging but not meals) to your new home. 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Free tax services online The cost of traveling (including lodging) from your former home to your new home. Free tax services online The cost of moving household goods and personal effects to and from storage. Free tax services online The cost of storing household goods and personal effects while you are at the new job location. Free tax services online The first two items were explained earlier under Moves to Locations in the United States . Free tax services online The last two items are discussed, later. Free tax services online Moving goods and effects to and from storage. Free tax services online   You can deduct the reasonable expenses of moving your personal effects to and from storage. Free tax services online Storage expenses. Free tax services online   You can deduct the reasonable expenses of storing your household goods and personal effects for all or part of the time the new job location remains your main job location. Free tax services online Moving expenses allocable to excluded foreign income. Free tax services online   If you live and work outside the United States, you may be able to exclude from income part or all of the income you earn in the foreign country. Free tax services online You may also be able to claim a foreign housing exclusion or deduction. Free tax services online If you claim the foreign earned income or foreign housing exclusion, you cannot deduct the part of your moving expenses that relates to the excluded income. Free tax services online    Publication 54, Tax Guide for U. Free tax services online S. Free tax services online Citizens and Resident Aliens Abroad, explains how to figure the part of your moving expenses that relates to excluded income. Free tax services online You can get the publication from most U. Free tax services online S. Free tax services online embassies and consulates, or see How To Get Tax Help at the end of this publication. 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Free tax services online Reimbursements This section explains how to report a reimbursement (including advances and allowances) on your tax return. Free tax services online It covers reimbursements for any of your moving expenses discussed in this publication. Free tax services online It also explains the types of reimbursements on which your employer must withhold income, social security, and Medicare taxes. Free tax services online Types of Reimbursement Plans If you receive a reimbursement for your moving expenses, how you report this amount and your expenses depends on whether the reimbursement is paid to you under an accountable plan or a nonaccountable plan. Free tax services online For a quick overview of how to report your reimbursement and moving expenses, see Table 2 in the section on How and When To Report, later. Free tax services online Your employer should tell you what method of reimbursement is used and what records are required. 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Free tax services online You return any excess reimbursement within 120 days after the expense was paid or incurred. Free tax services online You are given a periodic statement (at least quarterly) that asks you to either return or adequately account for outstanding advances and you comply within 120 days of the statement. Free tax services online Excess reimbursement. Free tax services online   This includes any amount you are paid (including advances and allowances) that is more than the moving expenses that you adequately accounted for to your employer within a reasonable period of time. Free tax services online Returning excess reimbursements. Free tax services online   You must be required to return any excess reimbursement for your moving expenses to the person paying the reimbursement. Free tax services online Excess reimbursement includes any amount for which you did not adequately account within a reasonable period of time. 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Free tax services online Your employer will include the reimbursement on your Form W-2, box 12, with Code P. Free tax services online If your moving expenses are more than your reimbursement, you may be able to deduct your additional expenses (see How and When To Report, later). Free tax services online You do not meet accountable plan rules. Free tax services online   You may be reimbursed by your employer, but you may not meet all three rules for part of your expenses. Free tax services online   If your deductible expenses are reimbursed under an otherwise accountable plan but you do not return, within a reasonable period, any reimbursement of expenses for which you did not adequately account, then only the amount for which you did adequately account is considered as paid under an accountable plan. Free tax services online The remaining expenses are treated as having been reimbursed under a nonaccountable plan (discussed below). Free tax services online Reimbursement of nondeductible expenses. Free tax services online   You may be reimbursed by your employer for moving expenses, some of which are deductible expenses and some of which are not deductible. Free tax services online The reimbursements you receive for the nondeductible expenses and any allowances for miscellaneous or unspecified expenses are treated as paid under a nonaccountable plan (see below) and are included in your income. Free tax services online If you are reimbursed by your employer for the taxes you must pay (including social security and Medicare taxes) because you have received taxable moving expense reimbursements, you must pay tax on this reimbursement as well, and it is treated as paid under a nonaccountable plan. Free tax services online Nonaccountable Plans A nonaccountable plan is a reimbursement arrangement that does not meet the three rules listed earlier under Accountable Plans. Free tax services online In addition, the following payments will be treated as paid under a nonaccountable plan. Free tax services online Excess reimbursements you fail to return to your employer. Free tax services online Reimbursements of nondeductible expenses. Free tax services online See Reimbursement of nondeductible expenses, earlier. Free tax services online If an arrangement pays for your moving expenses by reducing your wages, salary, or other pay, the amount of the reduction will be treated as a payment made under a nonaccountable plan. Free tax services online This is because you are entitled to receive the full amount of your pay regardless of whether you had any moving expenses. Free tax services online If you are not sure if the moving expense reimbursement arrangement is an accountable or nonaccountable plan, ask your employer. Free tax services online Your employer will add the amount of any reimbursement paid to you under a nonaccountable plan to your wages, salary, or other pay. Free tax services online Your employer will report the total in box 1 of your Form W-2. Free tax services online Example. Free tax services online To get you to work in another city, your new employer reimburses you under an accountable plan for the $7,500 loss on the sale of your home. Free tax services online Because this is a reimbursement of a nondeductible expense, it is treated as paid under a nonaccountable plan and must be included as income in box 1 of your Form W-2. Free tax services online Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970 Do not include in income any moving expense payment you received under the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970. Free tax services online These payments are made to persons displaced from their homes, businesses, or farms by federal projects. Free tax services online Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax Your employer must withhold income, social security, and Medicare taxes from reimbursements and allowances paid to you that are included in your income. Free tax services online See Reimbursements included in income, later. Free tax services online Reimbursements excluded from income. Free tax services online   Your employer should not include in your wages reimbursements paid under an accountable plan (explained earlier) for moving expenses that you: Could deduct if you had paid or incurred them, and Did not deduct in an earlier year. Free tax services online These reimbursements are fringe benefits excludable from your income as qualified moving expense reimbursements. Free tax services online Your employer should report these reimbursements on your Form W-2, box 12, with Code P. Free tax services online    You cannot claim a moving expense deduction for expenses covered by reimbursements excluded from income (see Accountable Plans under Types of Reimbursement Plans, earlier). Free tax services online Expenses deducted in earlier year. Free tax services online   If you receive a reimbursement this year for moving expenses deducted in an earlier year, and the reimbursement is not included as wages in box 1 of your Form W-2, you must include the reimbursement in income on Form 1040, line 21. Free tax services online Your employer should show the amount of your reimbursement in box 12 of your Form W-2. Free tax services online Reimbursements included in income. Free tax services online   Your employer must include in your income any reimbursements made (or treated as made) under a nonaccountable plan, even though they are for deductible moving expenses. Free tax services online See Nonaccountable Plans under Types of Reimbursement Plans, earlier. Free tax services online Your employer also must include in your gross income as wages any reimbursements of, or payments for, nondeductible moving expenses. Free tax services online This includes amounts your employer reimbursed you under an accountable plan (explained earlier) for meals, househunting trips, and real estate expenses. Free tax services online It also includes reimbursements that exceed your deductible expenses and that you do not return to your employer. Free tax services online Reimbursement for deductible and nondeductible expenses. Free tax services online    If your employer reimburses you for both deductible and nondeductible moving expenses, your employer must determine the amount of the reimbursement that is not taxable and not subject to withholding. Free tax services online Your employer must treat any remaining amount as taxable wages and withhold income, social security, and Medicare taxes. Free tax services online Amount of income tax withheld. Free tax services online   If the reimbursements or allowances you receive are taxable, the amount of income tax your employer will withhold depends on several factors. Free tax services online It depends in part on whether income tax is withheld from your regular wages, on whether the reimbursements and allowances are added to your regular wages, and on any information you have given to your employer on Form W-4, Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate. Free tax services online   Your employer can treat your reimbursements as supplemental wages and not include the reimbursements and allowances in your regular wages. Free tax services online The employer can withhold income tax on supplemental wages at a flat rate which may be different from your regular tax rate. Free tax services online Estimated tax. Free tax services online    If you must make estimated tax payments, you need to take into account any taxable reimbursements and deductible moving expenses in figuring your estimated tax. Free tax services online For details about estimated taxes, see Publication 505, Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax. Free tax services online How and When To Report This section explains how and when to report your moving expenses and any reimbursements or allowances you received for your move. Free tax services online For a quick overview, see Table 2, later. Free tax services online Form 3903 Use Form 3903 to figure your moving expense deduction. Free tax services online Use a separate Form 3903 for each move for which you are deducting expenses. Free tax services online Do not file Form 3903 if all of the following apply. Free tax services online You moved to a location outside the United States in an earlier year. Free tax services online You are claiming only storage fees while you were away from the United States. Free tax services online Any amount your employer paid for the storage fees is included as wages in box 1 of your Form W-2. Free tax services online Instead, enter the storage fees (after the reduction for the part that is allocable to excluded income) on Form 1040, line 26, and enter “Storage” on the dotted line next to the amount. Free tax services online If you meet the special rules for members of the Armed Forces, see How to complete Form 3903 for members of the Armed Forces under Members of the Armed Forces, later. Free tax services online Completing Form 3903. Free tax services online   Complete Worksheet 1, earlier, or the Distance Test Worksheet in the instructions for Form 3903 to see whether you meet the distance test. Free tax services online If so, complete lines 1 through 3 of the form using your actual expenses (except, if you use your own car, you can figure expenses based on the standard mileage rate, instead of actual amounts for gas and oil). Free tax services online Enter on line 4 the total amount of your moving expense reimbursement that was excluded from your wages. Free tax services online This excluded amount should be identified on Form W-2, box 12, with code P. Free tax services online Expenses greater than reimbursement. Free tax services online   If line 3 is more than line 4, subtract line 4 from line 3 and enter the result on line 5 and on Form 1040, line 26. Free tax services online This is your moving expense deduction. Free tax services online Expenses equal to or less than reimbursement. Free tax services online    If line 3 is equal to or less than line 4, you have no moving expense deduction. Free tax services online Subtract line 3 from line 4 and, if the result is more than zero, include it as income on Form 1040, line 7. Free tax services online Table 2. Free tax services online Reporting Your Moving Expenses and Reimbursements IF your Form W-2 shows. Free tax services online . Free tax services online . Free tax services online AND you have. Free tax services online . Free tax services online . Free tax services online THEN. Free tax services online . Free tax services online . Free tax services online your reimbursement reported only  in box 12 with code P moving expenses greater than the  amount in box 12 file Form 3903 showing all allowable  expenses* and reimbursements. Free tax services online your reimbursement reported only  in box 12 with code P moving expenses equal to the amount  in box 12 do not file Form 3903. Free tax services online your reimbursement divided  between box 12 and box 1 moving expenses greater than the  amount in box 12 file Form 3903 showing all allowable  expenses,* but only the  reimbursements reported in box 12 of  Form W-2. Free tax services online your entire reimbursement reported  as wages in box 1 moving expenses file Form 3903 showing all allowable  expenses,* but do not show any  reimbursements. Free tax services online no reimbursement moving expenses file Form 3903 showing all allowable  expenses. Free tax services online * * See Deductible Moving Expenses, earlier, for allowable expenses. Free tax services online    Where to deduct. Free tax services online   Deduct your moving expenses on Form 1040, line 26. Free tax services online The amount of moving expenses you can deduct is shown on Form 3903, line 5. Free tax services online    You cannot deduct moving expenses on Form 1040EZ or Form 1040A. Free tax services online   When To Deduct Expenses You may have a choice of when to deduct your moving expenses. Free tax services online Expenses not reimbursed. Free tax services online   If you were not reimbursed, deduct your moving expenses in the year you paid or incurred the expenses. Free tax services online Example. Free tax services online In December 2012, your employer transferred you to another city in the United States, where you still work. Free tax services online You are single and were not reimbursed for your moving expenses. Free tax services online In 2012, you paid for moving your furniture and deducted these expenses on your 2012 tax return. Free tax services online In January 2013, you paid for travel to the new city. Free tax services online You can deduct these additional expenses on your 2013 tax return. Free tax services online Expenses reimbursed. Free tax services online   If you are reimbursed for your expenses and you use the cash method of accounting, you can deduct your expenses either in the year you paid them or in the year you received the reimbursement. Free tax services online If you use the cash method of accounting, you can choose to deduct the expenses in the year you are reimbursed even though you paid the expenses in a different year. Free tax services online See Choosing when to deduct, next. Free tax services online   If you deduct your expenses and you receive the reimbursement in a later year, you must include the reimbursement in your income on Form 1040, line 21. Free tax services online Choosing when to deduct. Free tax services online   If you use the cash method of accounting, which is used by most individuals, you can choose to deduct moving expenses in the year your employer reimburses you if: You paid the expenses in a year before the year of reimbursement, or You paid the expenses in the year immediately after the year of reimbursement but by the due date, including extensions, for filing your return for the reimbursement year. Free tax services online How to make the choice. Free tax services online   You choose to deduct moving expenses in the year you received reimbursement by taking the deduction on your return, or amended return, for that year. Free tax services online    You cannot deduct any moving expenses for which you received a reimbursement that was not included in your income. Free tax services online Illustrated Example Tom and Peggy Smith are married and have two children. Free tax services online They owned a home in Detroit where Tom worked. 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Free tax services online Their records for the move show: 1) Peggy's pre-move househunting  trip:       Travel and lodging   $ 449       Meals   75   $ 524 2) Down payment on San Diego  home 25,000 3) Real estate commission paid on  sale of Detroit home 3,500 4) Loss on sale of Detroit home (not  including real estate commission) 1,500 5) Amount paid for moving personal  effects (furniture, other household  goods, etc. Free tax services online ) 8,000 6) Expenses of driving to San Diego:       Mileage (Start 14,278;  End 16,478) 2,200 miles at 24 cents a mile   $ 528       Lodging   180       Meals   320   1,028 7) Cost of temporary living  expenses in San Diego:       Motel rooms   $1,450       Meals   2,280   3,730 Total $43,282   Tom was reimbursed $10,907 under an accountable plan. Free tax services online His employer gave him the following breakdown of the reimbursement that was allowed under the employer's plan. Free tax services online Moving personal effects   $6,800 Travel (and lodging) to San Diego   708 Travel (and lodging) for househunting trip   449 Lodging for temporary quarters   1,450 Loss on sale of home   1,500 Total reimbursement   $10,907 The employer included this reimbursement on Tom's Form W-2 for the year. Free tax services online The reimbursement of allowable expenses, $7,508 for moving household goods and travel to San Diego, was included in box 12 of Form W-2. Free tax services online His employer identified this amount with code P. Free tax services online The employer included the balance, $3,399 reimbursement of nonallowable expenses, in box 1 of Form W-2 with Tom's other wages. Free tax services online Tom must include this amount on Form 1040, line 7. Free tax services online The employer withholds taxes from the $3,399, as discussed under Reimbursement for deductible and nondeductible expenses under Tax Withholding and Estimated Tax, earlier. 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