Can you claim for switching of utility bills after moving from one town to the next?

Sold my home and incur legal fees and realtor fees and other fees for my move to a new job transfer 200Km away from previous address. Can I claim these as part of moving expense? I did renovation on the old house in order to sell it. Can I claim that?

I bought a new home and incur land transfer tax. can I claim that as part of moving? I did cleaning and change the carpets in the new house. Can I claim that also?

Can I also claim for auto gas going back and forth from my old home to new job 3 times be week until I finally move?

Answer

I think all this information is available at CRA's website, but without a full interview here's what I think:

Legal, Realtor, Land-Transfer tax, Utilty hookup/unhookup fees - yes deductible as moving expense.

Renovations on old house or new house - No, not deductible as moving expense.  I'll offer an explanation here; Renovations to the old home increase the value of the home and are considered CAPITAL IMPOVEMENTS.  But you are exempt from paying tax on any CAPITAL GAIN on your principal residence, therefore no deduction.  As for cleaning, this is a normal activity that you would be expected to do anytime (keep your home clean), it has nothing to do with moving.

Gas/Mileage costs; this depends on the reason for the driving back and forth.  If this was to go to work, then no.  If it was to transport the contents of your home from old to new home then yes.

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