Tax deduction for moving expenses?
In anticipation of of a job loss later this year, I am trying to formulate a plan for the future. If, and when, I lose my job, I want to relocate to a lower cost area in the midwest, most likely to my home state of Iowa. This would be about a 250 mile move.
If possible I would like to take advantage of any possible tax breaks available to me in regards to the cost of moving. This brings up several questions in my mind but I will only ask one at a time and go from there.
First question, is there a tax deduction available for moving expenses if you lose your job and find a job long distance from your current residence and have to relocate? Obviously, a job may be available closer to our home now, but how could the IRS gauge your motives of wanting to relocate to a specific area after you have been given the boot by your current employer?