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Do I qualify for Iowa's moving expenses deduction?

To qualify for Iowa's moving expenses deduction, you must have moved to a new home because of a new principal workplace. You do NOT need to be in the military to qualify. You must meet both the distance and time tests.

Distance Test: Your new principal workplace must be at least 50 miles farther from your old home than your old workplace was. For example, if your old workplace was 3 miles from your old home, your new workplace must be at least 53 miles from that home. If you did not have an old workplace, your new workplace must be at least 50 miles from your old home. The distance between the two points is the shortest of the more commonly traveled routes between them.

Time Test: If you are an employee, you must work full-time in the general area of your new workplace for at least 39 weeks during the 12 months following the move. If you are self-employed, you must work full-time in the general area of your new workplace for at least 39 weeks during the first 12 months and a total of at least 78 weeks during the 24 months following the move.

If you qualify, you can deduct the reasonable expenses of moving your household goods and personal effects and of traveling from your old home to your new home. Reasonable expenses include the cost of lodging (but not meals) while traveling to your new home.

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