Editor’s Note: To view the mileage rate information for 2021, please go here.
Each year, the IRS issues a new standard mileage rate. While paying mileage is not mandatory in most cases, the IRS publishes a fair rate which employers can use to reimburse their employees.
For 2019, the rate is up 3.5 cents. At first thought, this might seem a little odd since gas prices are down, but the mileage rate is based on much more than gas prices.
Beginning on Jan. 1, 2019, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:
- 58 cents per mile driven for business use, up 3.5 cents from the rate for 2018,
- 20 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, up 2 cents from the rate for 2018, and
- 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations.
Your company can reimburse employees with this rate, or use another rate. If you are considering paying less than the standard mileage rate, be sure to consider how this choice might affect your employees.
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The typical employer does not want to pay extra for millage for their employees who used to be able to claim millage as a deduction. They should reconsider this tax change for home care health providers who drive from patient to patient all day. I’m sure we will lose more healthcare workers in an already bare bones industry.