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Tax Deductible Moving Expenses

Do you Qualify for Tax Exemption?

If you moved sometime during 2016, we have some good news for you! You may qualify for a tax reduction if you work as an employee or are self-employed in your new location. Not all relocation-related expenses will qualify, so before you start filling out your tax return, be sure to check out the following tips below to see if and how you may qualify to deduct certain moving expenses.

Your relocation must pass three tests:

  1. The Time Test: you must work as a full-time employee in your new area for at least 39 weeks (for one or more employers) during the first 12 months after your move. If you are self-employed, you must also work a total of at least 78 weeks during the first 24 months after arrival.
  2. The Distance Test: the distance between your old home and your new workplace must be at least 50 miles further than the distance from your old home to your old work place.
  3. Move Related to Start of Work – your move must closely relate both in time and in place to the start of work at your new location. You can consider moving expenses incurred within one year from the date you first reported to work at the new location as closely related in time to the start of work. A move generally relates closely in place if the distance from your new home to the new job location isn’t more than the distance from your former home to the new job location. For exceptions to these requirements, see Publication 521, Moving Expenses.

If you pass these three tests – congratulations! You can now begin looking at which types of expenses may qualify:

  1. Travel: If you drive to your new location in a personal vehicle, you can include the cost of oil, gasoline, parking fees and highway tolls, or by using the standard mileage rate of 19 cents per mile. For long-distance moves, you may deduct the cost of airline and train tickets.
  2. Storage: You may include the cost of renting a storage unit for up to 30 days if you are unable to immediately move into your new home.
  3. Relocation Services: You can deduct the cost of packing, crating, and transporting your household goods and personal effects from your former home to your new home.
  4. International Moves: To deduct expenses for a move outside of the United States, there are specific rules that apply which can be found in IRS Publication 54.

For a more detailed account of which expenses may or may not be deductible, the IRS Publication 521 explains how deductions work. Always be sure to keep copies of bills, receipts, credit card statements, and mileage logs on record related to your relocation for accuracy. The IRS provides more information on their website as to how to go about deducting these expenses from your tax return. Since we cannot legally offer tax advice, be sure to always consult your accountant for the most current information about your particular situation. 

Ready to move?

For help with your big move you should be sure to give Liberty Moving and Storage a call at 1-800-640-4487. With over 75 years of experience, our knowledgeable staff will be able to make sure you actually enjoy the moving experience. To learn more about what we can do for you, visit our website here.


New Year’s Resolutions: Getting Organized

At the beginning of each new year, many people have the opportunity to “start over” and reinvent themselves for the better by setting New Year’s Resolutions.

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The most common resolutions are about getting in shape, staying fit, and living life to the fullest. But the one resolution we should all be following is getting organized! Living an organized and decluttered life can also help you accomplish the rest of the resolutions you set on January 1st.

While the idea of New Year’s Resolutions may seem cliche and many people feel they can never keep them, we have some ways of getting organized that can surely help rejuvenate you, your home, and your family.

Tips on decluttering:

  1. DON’T WAIT: stop putting things off! If you remember you need to take care of something, just dive in & get started.
  2. THINK BEFORE BUYING: if you don’t love it, put it down. If you’re going to spend your money on something, make sure you know you’ll get good use out of it. Another tip: for every new item you buy, toss or donate three old things.
  3. FOLD & ROLL: instead of stacking your clothes, fold & roll them so you can see everything more clearly. This will make things like getting ready for the day or packing for a move a much simpler process.
  4. LABEL: invest in a labeler and we promise, it will become your new best friend. Neatly typed labels make all the difference when trying to keep a clean & tidy home, and when it comes time to move, it’ll make the packing process a breeze.
  5. COMPRESS: If you’re going to invest in anything, items like ottomans, behind-the-door hangers, and boxes are perfect for storing and hiding your belongings and keeping the house clutter-free.

Ready to Move? 

For help with your big move you should be sure to give Liberty Moving and Storage a call at 1-800-640-4487. With over 75 years of experience our knowledgeable staff will be able to make sure you actually enjoy the moving experience. To learn more about what we can do for you, visit our website here.


An American Story

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Ten years into America’s recovery from the
Great Depression, the elder Michael Federico
started a small local moving company on Liberty
Avenue in Jamaica, Queens in 1939. Fast
forward to October 19, 2016 (just ten days short
of the 87th anniversary of the Great Crash of
1929) when Hauppauge Industrial Association
of Long Island members toured that company’s
modern 100,000-square-foot facility in Commack.
Anthony Federico and Mike Federico Jr.,
third-generation co-presidents of Liberty Moving
& Storage, discussed parallels between then
and now in explaining the company’s ability to
double in size over the last decade – a decade
which included the Great Recession.

Read the Full Story from The HIA-LI Reporter


Hosting the Holidays In Your New Home


The holidays are the perfect time to finally show off your new place and host a gathering for all of your closest family and friends. While this may seem like a stressful task, we’ve put together a checklist to help make the planning easier on you.

How to Host a Successful Christmas Gathering:

  • Decorate: make your home feel festive but keep it simple at the same time. Integrate fresh flowers with traditional Christmas decorations like wreaths, iridescent lights, and lots of greens, reds, and golds. Make sure your tree is in tip-top shape, don’t forget the red tablecloth, and queue up a Christmas Spotify playlist.
  • Stock Up: having guests over means budgeting for more supplies than usual. Think about doubling up on items like trash bags, toiletries, paper towels, toilet paper, and dining necessities.
  • The Meal: be in charge of the main course and assign guests to bring smaller dishes like appetizers and desserts. Also make sure you check with your guests at least a week before the actual party if anyone requires vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free food, or if anyone has any serious food allergies.
  • Must Haves: invest in cooking essentials such as crock pots, blenders, mixers, and slow cookers. These are all great purchases for a new home that you will also use for future years and holidays to come.
  • Prioritize: declutter guest rooms and public areas – foyer, kitchen, bathroom, living room, den, and dining room – where family and friends will be congregating. Remove and store away any unnecessary items.

Moving out before the holidays?

If you trust us here at Liberty, we promise you won’t be disappointed. Our professional moving staff has been trained to make sure your moving experience is nothing less than exceptional. For a free in home estimate be sure to give us a call at 1.800.640.4487.


Where to Give Back in your Community this Thanksgiving Season

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As the holiday season quickly approaches, it is important to remember what Thanksgiving is really all about – showing thanks and love for others.

There is no better way to show your appreciation than to donate your time and volunteer where you can to help out those in need. Whether it is serving a meal at a local soup kitchen, donating clothing and supplies to those in shelters, or volunteering in a Turkey Trot, a small act of kindness goes a long way.

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Check out all the ways you can give back in your community this Thanksgiving season:

New York City

The Race To Deliver – the 23rd annual race takes place in Central Park on November 20th as a symbol of our daily race to ensure that no person ever has to face the unthinkable combination of illness and hunger.

God’s Love We Deliver – the leading provider of nutritious, individually-tailored meals to people who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves. 

West Side Campaign Against Hunger – help provide turkeys and other holiday food for low-income families this holiday season by participating in the Thousand Turkey Challenge.

Feeding NYC – Each year, FeedingNYC hand delivers nearly 3,000 Thanksgiving dinners. Take action & volunteer to contribute to the cause! 

New York Cares Coat Drive – donate a coat to ensure every New Yorker has the opportunity to stay warm, healthy, and safe over the winter.

Westchester County

Food Bank for Westchester – help serve over 300 community partners throughout Westchester, including food pantries, soup kitchens, child and adult day-care centers, and shelters.

The Ossining Food Pantry – helping over 400 people per week including men, women or children, young or old. 

Food Bank of the Hudson Valley – dedicated to alleviating hunger, while preventing the waste of wholesome food.

Volunteer New York – provides a list of DIY Projects, ongoing drives, and activities happening all around Westchester County in November & December.

Long Island

Turkey Trots all over the Island – a great way to spend your Thanksgiving morning before being trapped in the kitchen waiting for the bird to cook!

Long Island Harvest – providing food and services for people who are hungry, and a voice for people who are in need.

Long Island Cares – brings together all available resources for the benefit of the hungry and food insecure on Long Island and provides for the humanitarian needs of our community.

The Brian M. Gill Thanksgiving Food Drive – Consider extending your drive into December by calling it a “Holiday Food Drive.” Anything that comes in after Thanksgiving goes to immediate use in December!

Southern Connecticut

Connecticut Food Bank – help make Thanksgiving special for neighbors who might otherwise face another day without the food they need by donating. 

The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County – every donation helps to meet our mission to provide food to our local residents.

Helping Hands – for over 30 years now, supporters such have helped those experiencing homelessness find safety, shelter, compassion, support and hope.

No matter how you choose to give back this holiday season, your efforts will not go unnoticed.

Liberty Moving & Storage, United Van Lines believes in giving back to our local communities as proud participants of Move for Hunger. Move for Hunger is a non-profit organization that works with relocation companies to collect non-perishable food items from their moving customers, and deliver it to food banks all across North America. Currently Move for Hunger works with 650 relocation companies across the US and Canada and has delivered more than 7Million pounds of food to food banks across North America.


Selling Smart: How to Keep the House Show-Ready (with kids!)

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Selling your home and keeping it “show-ready” is not an easy task for anyone, but when you throw a teenager, some toddlers, and a baby into the mix – your stress level is bound to go through the roof. But have no fear, Liberty Moving & Storage has the tools to help you keep the kid clutter under control and ease the process for the whole family.

  • Clean Before Bed: It’ll make your life easier if the house is tidied up before the kids head to their bedrooms. When you wake up the morning of the showing, you will have less to do and feel much more stress-free.
  • Eat In One Place: If your kids are used to snacking and dining in places other than just the kitchen, it only leads to more messes to clean up. It may not seem like a big deal, but if you limit your children to eat only at the kitchen island for example, you’ll have less to sweep, mop, and vacuum!
  • Meal Prep: Sunday’s are a great day to go grocery shopping and cook a few meals for the week. This means less mess in the kitchen and more time for you to relax and focus on other things.
  • Contain It: Keep an extra tote, bag, or laundry bin handy at all times. Right before the showing, grab it and toss in any extra clutter from the counters or floors. A pretty basket is definitely more appealing than a pile of mess!
  • Extra Supplies: Having a small bin of cleaning supplies in the bathroom and kitchen makes cleanup before someone comes over a much smoother process.
  • Get Out: Once your home looks great and your kids are ready for the day, get out! Bring the kids to a park, play outside, and plan activities that minimize their time inside the home so they’re not as inclined to pull out toys.

Looking for a moving company you can trust?

Be sure to get a move on your move and call us here at Liberty Moving to help! Our expert moving staff will make sure you’re not stuck going through this alone. Call 1-800-640-4487 now!


Need Some Help Adjusting to Your New Neighborhood?

5 Simple Tips for After the Big Move

So you’ve just decided to move to a galaxy far far away…or to the next town over. Whether you’re facing extreme culture shock or just struggling to make friends with the new neighbors, here are a few tips to get yourself acquainted to your new city or town after the move.

Reach out to Those Closest to You
That’s right- it’s time to get to know the neighbors. You don’t have to go door to door, but make sure they know that you’re looking for friendly relations. Maybe spark up some conversations when you see them outside, and get to know who has kids if you yourself have children. It’ll make life a lot easier-trust us.
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Scope out the Best Places to Eat and Have Fun
This one will be a lot easier if you make friends with the neighbors. After all, you need to find out where you’re going to unwind Friday night after a long week at work!
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Befriending Local Coworkers
Speaking of work, if you moved for any vocational reason it might be a good idea to make friends with co-workers that live near you. Driving to work together can help save some gas, and who doesn’t love some company on a boring drive?
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Add Some Staples to your Wardrobe
If you’ve made the move to a place drastically different than your old area, chances are the weather’s not going to be the same there either. To make sure you’re not in the struggle when the seasons change, it’s important to stock up on clothing and accessories appropriate for the climate in your new town. (I.e. If you moved to Chicago, you might want to invest in a new Windbreaker.)
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Continue with the Same Hobbies and Activities
If you were a regular at hot yoga back in your old area, try to get involved in a class where you move if possible. Keeping up with your old hobbies in a new area not only makes it easier to feel like that new place is your home, but it’s also a great way to get involved with the community, and make friends with similar interests.
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Ready to move?
For help with your big move you should be sure to give Liberty Moving and Storage a call at 1-800-640-4487. With over 75 years of experience our knowledgeable staff will be able to make sure you actually enjoy the moving experience. To learn more about what we can do for you, visit our website here.



The 10 Step Move Planner

Tips brought to you by United Van Lines and Liberty Moving & Storage

Here at Liberty Moving & Storage we are an agent for the number 1 mover in America, United Van Lines. We’ve narrowed down some of the most essential steps they provide on their “Moving Planner” in chronological order so you can read along and get ready to begin the process!

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1. Decide on which local moving company to use, and schedule an in home estimate.

At Liberty we specialize in  moves in the NYC and Long Island areas. You can reach us at 1-800-640-4487, and you can even schedule a virtual video estimate via your smartphone with us to save time. Find out more about video estimates here.

2. Book your move!

Once you receive and sign your estimate, it’s time to get some answers from your new move coordinator. You can ask them any questions you may have about the upcoming move.

3. Let service providers know you will be relocating.

Before you move, inform anyone who performs a professional service for you about your new home address. This includes doctors, lawyers, accountants and UPS Services.

4. Reduce all that clutter that’s holding you down.

Moving to a new place means new beginnings and change. Before your move, make sure you get rid of any junk or old furniture that you don’t need or want in the new place. You can have a garage sale or simply donate old items to charity.

5. Speak with your mover as your move date approaches.

If you were getting organized and you’ve just gotten rid of a few major items that were included in your original estimate, make sure to call your mover and let them know. Any and all changes should be addressed with the movers and you should make them aware ASAP of any additional stops you would like them to make on move day.

6. Let friends and family know about your move.

If you haven’t done so already, let those closest to you know about the upcoming move. They might need some time to let the information set in if you’re moving far away. They can also help you pack and lend a hand in the process!

7. Pack your belongings if you choose to do so yourself and prepare the house.

If you’ve decided that you want to do your own packing, you should start about 3 weeks prior to your move date. You will want to allow sufficient time to get everything organized so you aren’t forced to rush. Make sure to label boxes for an easier set up at the new house. This is also the time to dispose of any non-allowable items in the house that your movers are not allowed to move, such as flammables like aerosol cans (sorry, adios hairspray.)

8. Confirm travel plans for you and your pets.

If you or your furry friend will be traveling via airplane or other transportation that needs to be booked ahead of time, make sure you have everything set for move in day. You don’t want to be scrambling last minute to find a way to get to your new home.

9.Make sure to take care of any last minute details.

On the day before move day, make sure to unplug appliances and let your moving company know about any extra fragile items. Make a checklist of all the important things you have to do in your area to tie things up and get ready to be very responsive to a service representative!

10. Be ready for move day!

On the day of your move or loading, make sure you watch to see that all of your valuable items are loaded. You will have to fill out some paperwork, and you should make sure that before you leave that nothing is left behind!

To check out the full moving planner written by United Van Lines, click here.

Think you’re ready to get started?

If you’re ready to get a move on step one and you want to schedule an in home estimate, call 1-800-640-4487 now.


How to Make Your Children Feel Comfortable at a New School

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Welcome to the First Day of School? 

Moving to a new home can be challenging for many different reasons- and it can be even more difficult when you’re about to be the new kid in class. Children are often times very nervous about attending a new school for the first time, and it can be hard for them to adjust and excel academically in an unfamiliar environment. If you have kids who are going to be attending a new school post move, you might want to consider these tips to help them feel comfortable with the situation at hand.

 

See if the new neighbors have kids their age.

Meeting new friends will probably be one of the most significant if not the biggest concerns for your children. If you are moving soon and haven’t reached out to your future neighbors, you might want to check in with them. If neighbors or others in your immediate area have kids similar in age to your children, this might make the adjustment a little easier by providing them with an immediate social contact to have.

 

Assure them that they can keep in contact with their current friends.

With all the technology out there these days, nobody really falls out of touch if they want to keep communicating with someone far away. Your kids are probably upset about having to leave the relationships and friendships they have formed in their current hometown, so it’s very important that you remind them that they aren’t losing anyone. Tell them that they will be able to call/FaceTime old friends often and you’ll even let them go back and visit if they are old enough to do so.

 

Encourage them to continue with the same routine.

Continuing old activities can also help give your children a sense of familiarity and comfort. If they had a specific hobby at their old school, you should also encourage them to keep doing it at their new school. If they loved soccer before, tell them they can do that same sport just with new team members!

 

Also encourage them to get involved in popular sports/clubs at the new school.

Even if your children were not super involved at their old school, encouraging them to get involved can actually help open up a bunch of new opportunities for them to meet people. Getting involved with a sports team or club can also help to take their mind off the relocation by giving them a hobby.

 

Let them know they’re not alone.

According to the Maryland School Mental Health Alliance, you should reassure your children that the adjustment to a new school often takes time. Let them know that you’re still adjusting to the area too and that soon this will all feel simply routine.

 

Ready to move?

Here at Liberty Moving & Storage we have the expertise needed to help you and your family have an excellent moving experience. For more great moving tips visit our blog and be sure to give us a call at 1-800-640-4487!