Moving expenses- Can expenses be claimed on a new home, that was vacant, while they were waiting to sell their old home.

I have a client that bought a new home in another city; that home was left vacant until they sold their old home. Can they claim utilities, etc while the new home was vacant. Reading Revenue Canada info it only list that you can claim expense for your old home while it is vacant. They did not move to the new home until the old one was sold. We are looking to carry forward the moving expenses because he has not left his old job as of today.


Muddled - the short answer is "no". Geographic limitations aside, moving expenses can only be claimed when the taxpayer has moved, and only against the income earned at the new location. In your example, the taxpayer has neither moved, nor begun new employment, and cannot reasonably argue that moving expenses have been incurred.
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