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If you moved due to a change in your job or business location, or because you started a new job or business, you may be able to deduct your reasonable moving expenses but not any expenses for meals. To qualify for the moving expense deduction, you must satisfy two tests. Under the first test, the "distance test", your new workplace must be at least 50 miles farther from your old home than your old job location was from your old home. If you had no previous workplace, your new job location must be at least 50 miles from your old home.
The second test is the "time test". If you are an employee, you must work full-time for at least 39 weeks during the first 12 months immediately following your arrival in the general area of your new job location. If you are self-employed, you must work full time for at least 39 weeks during the first 12 months and for a total of at least 78 weeks during the first 24 months immediately following your arrival in the general area of your new work location. There are exceptions to the time test in case of death, disability and involuntary separation, among other things.
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I understand the rules if you move because your job requires it. However, my question related specifically to the case where you move because you have converted your main residence to a rental. Would that maybe aualify as starting a new business?
Maybe I made a mistake in relating the moving expenses to the condo conversion. I am self-employed, I file a schedule C for my business, and I moved my work to a new location where I meet the IRS tests of time and distance. The IRS gives an example of an accountant self-employed who moves from Atlanta to New York City and continues working there. In this example, the accountant is allowed to deduct his moving expenses. Am I not actually in the same situation?