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The exception applies if
You took or were transferred to a new job in a work location at least 50 miles farther from home than your old work location.
You had no previous work location and you began a new job at least 50 miles from home.
There's no requirements for the company to have a corporate office where you are relocating. You could be working from home or at a satellite office, as long as the relocation is for a new assignment and for the company convenience. Meaning, you cannot perform the job from your current location.
From what you are describing you are being transferred for your own convenience, not even because it is the company requirements or policy to continue in your current job. Unfortunately no. The exclusion only apply for circumstances beyond your control. Your doesn't sounds like something that just happened.
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I don't know what your source of information is but IRS publication states that it has to be a new job. Here I am pasting the exceptions again:
- You took or were transferred to a new job in a work location at least 50 miles farther from home than your old work location.
- You had no previous work location and you began a new job at least 50 miles from home.
And here's the source:
Usually those exceptions only apply to situations that are beyond your control like financial hardship, sudden illness, loss of job, disaster or finding a new job. But if part of it is for your convenience, you will have to convince the IRS agent that it was more than just convenience. A financial aspect like higher pay (and taxable income) or pay cut or elimination of your current position could be a convincing argument.
When it comes to deductions and exemptions IRS usually don't provide too much details and leave it to tax preparer discretion. If you think you can defend it and you have enough supporting documents to prove it, than take it. You will not have to send any supporting documents with your return but make sure you have it if you need it.