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11584: 3903 - Moving Expenses Not Calculating (Drake17 and prior)


1040 Individual Data Entry

I filled out the 3903 screen for moving expenses but it is not calculating the deduction.


Important: Effective after December 31, 2018, through January 1, 2026, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act suspends both Exclusion for Qualified Moving Expense Reimbursement and Deduction for Moving Expenses.
The only exception is in the case of a member of the Armed Forces of the United States on active duty who moves pursuant to a military order and incident to a permanent change of station  

There are two main reasons why this deduction might not be calculated. Per the IRS instructions for Form 3903, you must meet the following two tests:

  • 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 right after you 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 right after you move.
  • Distance Test:  Your new principal workplace must be at least 50 miles farther from your old home than your old workplace was.

View the return after entering the information and review the 3903. At the bottom of the form you will find the Distance Test Worksheet.

If the information you’ve entered on the 3903 screen meets the requirements for both tests listed above and the deduction is still not generating, review IRS instructions for Form 3903 to verify there are no other requirements that have not been met.

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