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7 ways to save on moving costs

Ask employer, or Uncle Sam, for help
Ask an employer -- or Uncle Sam -- for help

Ask employer, or Uncle Sam, for help

If you are moving for business purposes, ask your employer to cover some of the moving costs.

"This is always a good idea," Bisney says. "We are seeing a trend toward lump-sum payments by the employer that the employee can spend as they like toward their moving expenses."

Fewer employers pay for moving costs today than previously, Poage says. If the boss says no, you can still get help from Uncle Sam.

"Even if your employer will not pay for any of your relocation expenses, you can still deduct some of these expenses on your income tax return," Poage says.

She suggests meeting with a tax adviser prior to the move.

"Keep all of your receipts from the move for documentation purposes," she says.

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