Standard mileage rates for 2018

Mileage” by Anthony Albright is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

The IRS has posted the standard mileage rates for 2018. New rate for transportation and reimbursements is 54.5 cents. That is up a penny from 53.5 cents in 2017.

According to IRS comments in Notice 2018-03:

The standard mileage rate for transportation or travel expenses is 54.5 cents per mile for all miles of business use (business standard mileage rate). See section 4 of Rev. Proc. 2010-51.

The standard mileage rate is 14 cents per mile for use of an automobile in rendering gratuitous services to a charitable organization under § 170. See section 5 of Rev. Proc. 2010-51.

The standard mileage rate is 18 cents per mile for use of an automobile (1) for medical care described in § 213, or (2) as part of a move for which the expenses are deductible under § 217. See section 5 of Rev. Proc. 2010-51.

Standard rates for the last few years:

As usual, Bill Cleary gave me the first tip of the new rate, before I saw any news reports. By now, you may have seen various mentions of the new rates.

2 Responses to Standard mileage rates for 2018

  1. Cynthia Shepard says:

    Are these rates that could be considered for a non-profit organization?
    Do non-profits recieve reimbursements for the government for the reimbursements they provide staff?

    • Jim Ulvog says:

      Hi Cynthia:
      Not for profit organizations may use whatever rates they wish for mileage reimbursements. Any reimbursements up to the federal rates would be non-taxable assuming there is appropriate documentation. Reimbursements above those rates would be taxable income.
      The only reimbursements from the federal government would be if reimbursements were incurred for activities under a federal grant assuming the grant allowed mileage reimbursements and again assuming appropriate documentation.
      Jim

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