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IRS Lowers Mileage Rates for 2020 Deductible Vehicle Use
The IRS lowered the standard mileage rates that many employers use to reimburse employees for using a car or truck for business-related reasons.
Beginning Jan. 1, the standard rate for calculating the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business purposes will decrease by half a cent to 57.5 cents per mile, according to Dec. 31 guidance, Notice 2020-05, and an accompanying news release.
The business use rate is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile, the IRS said in the news release.
The IRS also lowered the rate for calculating deductible expenses of using a car for medical or moving purposes—the new rate is 17 cents per mile, down three cents from 2019. The agency noted that the 2017 tax law barred deductions for moving expenses except for active duty military members in specific circumstances.
The rate used to calculate deductions related to vehicles driven for charitable purposes remained at 14 cents per mile as set by law, the IRS said.
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