It is important to keep in mind that a relocation is tax-deductible only if it is work-related. This means that a relocation due to personal reason (e.g., a divorce) cannot be deducted from your taxes, unfortunately.
The route to your workplace after your relocation should be shorter than the route from your previous residence. The time savings are decisive, and they have to be at least 30 minutes each way, or a total of 1 hour saved per day.
It is irrelevant whether you already moved once before this year. The only important factor is that the relocations are work-related.
These expenses can be deducted:
- transportation costs (relocation service, shipping costs);
- travel expenses (30 cents per kilometre for apartment viewings);
- room and board on overnight stays;
- real estate agent fees;
- advertising expenses
The standard deduction amount for relocation is currently 746 EUR for singles and 1,493 EUR for married couples (as of 2017). In our tool, the valid standard deduction is automatically added to the tax return after you enter the date of your relocation.