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Document expenses for your PCS moves

Jul. 1, 2014 - 11:58AM   |  
If the military doesn't reimburse you for some of your expenses, you may be able to claim them as deductions.
If the military doesn't reimburse you for some of your expenses, you may be able to claim them as deductions. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
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Next tax season you’ll be glad you kept tabs on your expenses during your permanent change-of-station move. First and foremost, save all moving expense receipts. While these may not be required at the time of filing your taxes, you must be able to show proof of expenses being claimed. Please also keep in mind that these claimed deductions are for only expenses for which you have not been reimbursed by the military. You may not be reimbursed dollar for dollar for these deductions, but it is worthwhile to record all applicable expenses and submit for them accordingly.

Here are some standard expenses you will want to document, including when moving your household goods yourself. While we’ve done our best to ensure the accuracy of the information, please consult with your local tax expert for additional information.

■ Moving truck rental/trailer rental

■ Packing materials (boxes, paper, tape, marking material)

■ Fuel

■ Tolls

■ Parking costs incurred during the move

■ Track your mileage, as this can be reimbursed pursuant to the current year’s rate

■ Applicable lodging (again, this is only what you have not been reimbursed for by your employer)

■ Airfare

■ Taxi/shuttle costs

■ Storage for items not being moved with you (please review tax laws on the specific circumstances this is allowable)

■ Moving expenses for pets (health certificates, vaccinations, quarantine, airfare, etc.)

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