moving expense


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kevinwat

I moved from one state to another and then started my job in 2008. I
had to stay in a hotel for 8 days before I could find an apartment. I
only have some receipts for hotel, parking, internet and U-Pack, but
not all of them now. I do have credit card statements showing all of
the charges except the first three-day parking which I paid by cash.

I think the four types of cost are eligible for moving expense
deduction, am I right?

Do I have to have official receipts as proof? I doubt I can get any
receipt from the hotel now since it was in Jan. 2008.

Thank you,
-Kevin
 
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I moved from one state to another and then started my job in 2008. I
had to stay in a hotel for 8 days before I could find an apartment. I
only have some receipts for hotel, parking, internet and U-Pack, but
not all of them now. I do have credit card statements showing all of
the charges except the first three-day parking which I paid by cash.

I think the four types of cost are eligible for moving expense
deduction, am I right?
In my opinion, the hotel is not deductible. Only hotels you stayed in
during your move from your original home to your new home would be
deductible, which would happen if you were driving and needed to stay
overnight. And parking fees, tolls, you paid during your move are
deductible. The mileage rate for moves on Jan 1 2008 was 19 cents a
mile, but if your truck was not gas efficient deduct the actual
gasoline costs instead of the standard mileage. Fines you incurred
during your move such as speeding and parking tickets and not
deductible I think because penalties are not deductible. Was the
internet an integral part of the move itself? If it was just for
after you arrived in your new city, it is not deductible. U-Pack is
certainly deductible. Meals you paid along your trip are not
deductible.

http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=184163,00.html
Do I have to have official receipts as proof? I doubt I can get any
receipt from the hotel now since it was in Jan. 2008.
Yes. Deductions may be allowed without receipts, but you need other
ways to prove that your expense occurred and was reasonable, though
it's a bit of a battle. Original receipts are always better. You can
probably get one from UHual.
 

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