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What is the IRS standard mileage rate for 2018?

This article is about the 2018 mileage rates. Click the link to read about the 2019 mileage rates.

The IRS mileage rate for 2018 is 54.5 cents for every business mile, up 1 cent from last year. The standard mileage rate is an important figure for determining how large your mileage deduction will be.

What are the standard mileage rates for 2018?

The standard mileage rates for 2018 are:

  • 54.5 cents for every business mile, up 1 cent from 2017
  • 18 cents per mile for medical or moving, up 1 cent from 2017
  • 14 cents per mile for charity drives, which has been steady for a while

How do I use the business mileage rate on my taxes?

Use the mileage rate to determine how much you can write off with the mileage deduction. Simply multiply the number of business miles by the 54.5 cents to come up with your deduction amount.

For example, if you drive 15,000 business miles in 2018, your mileage deduction would be $8,175. Keep in mind, this gets added to all your other tax deductions. In other words, the mileage deduction can go a long way toward lowering your taxable income and your taxes.

How do I track mileage?

If you plan to take a mileage deduction, you must keep a record of:

  • Your mileage
  • Dates of your drives
  • The places you drove for business (this doesn’t have to be an exact address)
  • The business purposes of your trips

The IRS will also want to know your beginning odometer reading, your commuting mileage, and your personal non-commuting mileage.

What does this mean for MileIQ users?

If you’re using MileIQ to automatically track and log your miles, you’re all set. MileIQ will automatically calculate the value of your miles based on the new rates in 2018. That’s right, you just do your job as you normally would and MileIQ will automatically create a mileage log for you.

If you’re still manually tracking your miles, you may want to give MileIQ a try—that way, you’ll have accurate mileage logs for your largest deduction yet.

Has the standard mileage rate changed over time?

The IRS determines the standard mileage rate using a variety of factors including gas prices. Here’s how the rate has changed over time:

Year Rate Per Mile Dates Covered
2019 58 cents 1/01/2019 – 12/31/2019
2018 54.5 cents 1/01/2018 – 12/31/2018
2017 53.5 cents 1/01/2017 – 12/31/2017
2016 54 cents 1/01/2016 – 12/31/2016
2015 57.5 cents 1/01/2015 – 12/31/2015
2014 56 cents 1/01/2014 – 12/31/2014
2013 56 cents 1/01/2013 – 12/31/2013
2012 55.5 cents 1/01/2012 – 12/31/2012
2011 55.5 cents 7/01/2011 – 12/31/2011
2011 51 cents 1/01/2011 – 6/30/2011
2010 50 cents 1/01/2010 – 12/31/2010

What’s the medical mileage rate over time?

The medical mileage rate can shift over time. Note: the charity rate hasn’t changed in a long time.

Year Rate Per Mile Dates Covered
2019 20 cents 1/01/2019 – 12/31/2019
2018 18 cents 1/01/2018 – 12/31/2018
2017 17 cents 1/01/2017 – 12/31/2017
2016 19 cents 1/01/2016 – 12/31/2016
2015 23 cents 1/01/2015 – 12/31/2015
2014 23.5 cents 1/01/2014 – 12/31/2014
2013 24 cents 1/01/2013 – 12/31/2013
2012 23 cents 1/01/2012 – 12/31/2012
2011 23.5 cents 7/01/2011 – 12/31/2011
2011 19 cents 1/01/2011 – 6/30/2011
2010 16.5 cents 1/01/2010 – 12/31/2010

How much can you deduct for volunteer mileage?

You can write off 14 cents per charity mile.

Can I deduct mileage for taking my child to their volunteer activities?

No. The IRS doesn’t allow you to deduct expenses incurred for another person who provided services to a qualified organization.

How is the standard mileage rate calculated?

The IRS calculates the standard mileage rate based on a variety of factors. This includes wear-and-tear, depreciation, gasoline prices and more.

How often does the standard mileage rate change?

Typically, the IRS adjusts the standard mileage rate once a year. Yet, if there’s high volatility with gas prices, the IRS can change the rate mid-year. Technically, the IRS could change it multiple times during a year if it found reasons to.

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Business Insights and Ideas does not constitute professional tax or financial advice. You should contact your own tax or financial professional to discuss your situation.