If you are in the military or part of a military family, you most likely move a lot. Frequently, the service branch will issue travel orders that include moving assistance.
However, you may also opt for a personally procured move (PPM). This is a move that service members arrange for themselves. This allows the service member to tailor a move to fit their unique needs. This may be a great option, but there are some guidelines to follow.
Applying for a PPM
While you are allowed to move yourself, you still need to apply for the PPM properly. Typically, you apply for a PPM through the Personal Property Transportation Office (PTO), but check with your base first. You will make an appointment to discuss the move with a PTO representative, and you will receive the requirements you must follow. You should also receive the appropriate paperwork and documentation that must be filled out. In general, you must follow this process in order to conduct your own move, but again, double check with your specific base.
Determining the Type of Move You Will Need
Although a PPM means you are making and executing your own move, you will still need to determine what type of move is best for you. For instance, will you hire packers, will a mover relocate your household, will you need interim storage, or will you lease the moving equipment and handle the heavy lifting yourself? You will need to consider all of these questions when arranging a PPM. When you have the answers, you will be better equipped to handle to relocation. Plus, this will allow you to rent any equipment, buy materials, request additional help, and retrieve your operating allowance from the PTO office.
Keep All of Your Relevant Receipts
Doing your own PPM will mean keeping track of all of the documents regarding your relocation. This is crucial to being reimbursed and determining if certain moving expenses are non-taxable. It’s possible that your actual moving expenses are lower than the allowance, and that difference may be considered profit. Keeping up-to-date on these documents is very important during the move and at tax time.
A PPM will give you some flexibility that you might relish. Many military members prefer to let the service arrange and handle the move, but it might not be right for you. Still, you will have specific guidelines to follow. But paying careful attention to these guidelines will help ensure a smooth move.
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