Making Yourself At Home

Don’t Put Your Life On Hold: The best way to adapt to a new place is to jump in with both feet. Even if you’re biding your time in temporary housing, try to make new friends and get involved in the community right away. Finding playgroups for your children, places of worship, and volunteer opportunities are all good ways of starting to connect with a new community.

Find Your Way Around: Make it your mission to become an expert on your new locality. Buy a really good map of the area. Visit community Web sites. Talk to “welcome wagon” groups. Make it a point to explore at least one new area each week. Before you know it, local may be asking you what’s going on around town.

Enjoy The Adventure: Moving is the beginning of a new chapter in life. Relocation can be a change that leads to great success and exciting discoveries. Most important – it can lead to new levels of happiness for you and your family.

Consult a tax advisor about ways the IRS may be able to help you deal with moving expenses. If you take a new job in your new location within one year of moving, chances are very good that much of your moving expenses will be deductible. Even if you move in advance, and the rest of the family follows after the first year, you should still be able to deduct the family’s moving expenses.

Getting Help From The Tax Man 

Generally, you can deduct any move if your new job is at least 50 miles further away from your old home than your old job was. In other words, if you used to live three miles from work, you would have to take a job that was at least 53 miles away from your old home to be able to deduct moving expenses.


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