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How do I claim moving expenses in TurboTax?

If you've moved for school or work, you may be able to claim eligible moving expenses against your income. 

Employees and self-employed individuals can deduct moving expenses from their employment or self-employment income earned at the new location. Students can only deduct moving expenses from the taxable portion of their awards (scholarships, fellowships, bursaries, certain prizes, or research grants) or from their employment income earned at the new location.

You can claim moving expenses if you moved:

  • To work or run a business, or to study full-time at a university, college, or other post-secondary institution, and
  • At least 40 kilometres closer to your new work or school

You can claim reasonable amounts that you paid to move yourself, your family, and your household items. You may need documentation to support your claim, such as receipts. Eligible expenses include:

  • Transportation and storage costs
  • Travel expenses
  • Temporary living expenses (for up to 15 days) near your old and new homes
  • The cost of cancelling the lease for your old home
  • Incidental costs, such as changing your address on legal documents, replacing driving licences, and utility hook-ups and disconnections
  • The cost to maintain your old home when vacant (up to $5,000) after you moved, and while reasonable efforts were made to sell the home
  • The cost of selling your old home, including advertising, real estate commission, and mortgage penalty
  • The cost of buying the new home

For a detailed list, visit the CRA page on deductible moving expenses.

You cannot claim: 

  • Moving expenses for which you’ve been reimbursed by your employer
  • Expenses for work done to improve your old home for selling
  • Any loss from the sale of your home
  • Travel expenses for house-hunting or job hunting trips before your move
  • The value of items movers refused to take
  • Expenses to clean or repair a rented home
  • Expenses to replace personal-use items
  • Mail-forwarding costs
  • Costs of transformers or adaptors for household appliances
  • Costs incurred in the sale of your old home if you delayed selling for investment purposes or until the real estate market improved
  • Mortgage default insurance

For a detailed list, visit the CRA page on nondeductible moving expenses.

  1. From the menu, select Find (the magnifying glass icon).
  2. Enter moving expenses in the Find window.
  3. Select Moving Expenses from the list of results, then select Go.
  4. The Your Moving Profile step appears. Follow the on-screen instructions to claim your moving expenses.

Note: If your moving expenses total more than the income you earn at your new location, TurboTax will carry the leftover amount forward so that you can claim it in a future tax year. You can see this amount in the Review section of TurboTax.

  1. From the menu, select Find (the magnifying glass icon).
  2. Enter moving in the Find window.
  3. Select Moving profile from the list of results, then select Go.
  4. The Move during the year step appears. Answer the question Did you have moving expenses during the year to start a job or a business, or to study full-time at a post-secondary institution?
  5. The Your Moving Profile step appears. Follow the on-screen instructions to claim your moving expenses.

Note: If your moving expenses total more than the income you earn at your new location, TurboTax will carry the leftover amount forward so that you can claim it in a future tax year. You can see this amount in the Review section of TurboTax.

Note for couples

The CRA allows couples to split moving expenses. If you split expenses between you and your spouse, only claim the portion of expenses that your partner isn’t claiming. It’s usually beneficial for the higher-earning spouse claim all moving expenses.

Related information

Commonly asked questions about moving expenses (CRA)

Income & Expenses (CD/Download version)

What tax credits or benefits are available to first-time home buyers?

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