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Tax Tip Tuesday: 2016 Standard Mileage Rates

The IRS has issued the 2016 standard mileage rates. These are used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical, and moving purposes.

Beginning on January 1, 2016, the standard mileage rate for the use of a car, van, pickup or panel truck will be:

  • 54 cents per mile for business miles driven, which is a decrease of 3.5 cents from the 2015 rate.

  • 19 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, which is also a decrease of 4 cents from the 2015 rate.

  • 14 cents per mile driven for service in a charitable organization, which didn’t change from 2015.

Taxpayers also have the option of calculating and deducting the actual costs of using their vehicle rather than using the standard mileage rate.

The standard mileage rate is not available for use with any vehicle that has previously been depreciated under an accelerated depreciation system or after claiming a Section 179 deduction for that vehicle.

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