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Getting tax breaks must be related to starting a new job or moving to a new job location.

Moving costs: If changing jobs requires you to relocate, your moving costs and the expense of traveling to your new location may be deductible. There are, however, distance and time tests you must meet.

The Internal Revenue Service has some tax tips for people planning a move to Utah.

IRS Publication for Moving Deductions to Utah

Start Date: Generally, moving expenses incurred within one year from the date you first reported to a new location as related to the start of work.

Distance Test: Your new main job location has to be at least 50 miles farther from your former home than your previous job location.

Time Test: You must work full time for at least 39 weeks during the first 12 months after you arrive in the general area of your new job location, or at least 78 weeks during the first 24 months if you are self-employed.

If your income tax return is due before you've satisfied the requirement, you can still deduct your allowable moving expenses if you expect to meet the time test in the following years.

Travel: Deducting lodging expenses for yourself and household members while moving from your former home to your new home. You can also deduct transportation expenses, including airfare, vehicle mileage, parking fees and tolls you pay to move, but you can deduct only one trip per person.

Household Goods: Deducting 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: Deducting the costs of connecting or disconnecting utilities.

Non-Deductible Expenses: Deducting as moving expenses any part of the purchase price of your new home, car tags, driver licenses, costs of buying or selling a home, expenses of entering into or breaking a lease, security deposits and storage charges, except those incurred in transit.

Form 3903: Deducting only those expenses that are reasonable for the circumstances of your move. To figure the amount of your moving expense deduction, use Form 3903, Form 3903.

Reimbursed Expenses: If your employer reimburses you for the cost of the move, the reimbursement may have to be included on your income tax return.

Update Your Address: When you move, be sure to update your address with the IRS and the U.S. Postal Service to ensure you receive refunds or correspondence.

Reasonable Expenses: You can deduct only those expenses that are reasonable for the circumstances of your move. For example, the cost of traveling from your former home to your new one should be by the shortest, most direct route available by conventional transportation.

If during your trip to your new home, you stop over, or make side trips for sightseeing, the additional expenses for your stopover or side trips are not deductible as moving expenses.

Recently reported to us...
The Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office hopes a long-running moving company scam has come to an end with the arrests of three men, caught thanks to a suspicious homeowner. Sheriff's Lt. James Carlson said Wednesday that the men allegedly advertised online for moving services, claiming they worked for Atlas Van Lines. Apparently, the scam had worked rather well, resulting in victims losing their belongings along with "fees" they allegedly were charged, authorities say.

Carlson said the latest victim, who was moving out of state from her Sandy home, hired the movers through a third party on the Internet. The trio showed up late Monday morning in uniform shirts and a truck and trailer all bearing the Atlas logo. After loading the victim's belongings they allegedly tried to hit her up for $5,000 -- nearly three times the $1,700 price originally quoted. That is when the victim became suspicious and called Atlas, which informed her the men were fakes, and that it had been targeted by such scams several times over the past six months. The victim also noticed the truck lacked a current registration.

At one point, Carlson said, the men allegedly told the woman they would unload the truck of her goods for just $400 -- if she did not call police. The homeowner called anyway, and the three were soon under arrest. They were booked into Salt Lake County Jail, where they remained Wednesday on charges of communications fraud. Police advise anyone conducting such business online to first verify service providers with the companies they say they represent.

The Salt Lake Tourist & Visitor Center will not allow bogus advertising and paid listings of classified services on our pages. There are plently of falsehoods on the Internet and we will not be a part of their scams.

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