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Tax Tips for Clergy Moving this Summer If you make a work-related move this summer, you may be able to deduct the costs of the move. This may apply if you move to start a new call or to work at the same job in a new job location. In order to deduct moving expenses, you must meet these three requirements:

  • Your move closely relates to the start of a new call, generally one year.
  • You meet the distance test which is at least 50 miles farther from your former home than your previous main job location was
  • After you moce, you must work full time ar your new call for at least 39 weeks

Deductible expenses. 

  • Travel.  You can deduct transportation and lodging expenses for yourself and household members while moving from your former home to your new home. You cannot deduct the cost of meals during the travel.
  • Household goods.  You can deduct the cost of packing, crating and transporting your household goods and personal property. You may be able to include the cost of storing and insuring these items while in transit.
  • Utilities.  You can deduct the costs of connecting or disconnecting utilities.

Nondeductible expenses.  You cannot deduct as moving expenses any part of the purchase price of your new home, the costs of buying or selling a home, or the cost of entering into or breaking a lease. If your church reimburses you for your allowable moving expenses, your employer should exclude these reimbursements from your income.   For more information, follow the link below https://www.clergyfinancial.com/Clergy%20Tax%20Facts/moving.htm   Source: Clergy Financial Resources https://www.clergyfinancial.com   Clergy Financial Resources is a national accounting and finance organization serving churches and clergy since 1980. They have an unparalleled tax expertise on the complex issues associated with clergy tax law, clergy taxes, clergy compensation and church payroll. Clergy Financial Resources is a valuable resource for clergy, churches and denominations  

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Clergy Financial Resources serves as a resource for clients to help analyze the complexity of clergy tax law, church payroll & HR issues. Our professionals are committed to helping clients stay informed about tax news, developments and trends in various specialty areas.

This article is intended to provide readers with guidance in tax matters. The article does not constitute, and should not be treated as professional advice regarding the use of any particular tax technique. Every effort has been made to assure the accuracy of the information. Clergy Financial Resources and the author do not assume responsibility for any individual’s reliance upon the information provided in the article. Readers should independently verify all information before applying it to a particular fact situation, and should independently determine the impact of any particular tax planning technique. If you are seeking legal advice, you are encouraged to consult an attorney.

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