New Mileage Rates for 2010

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New Mileage Rates for 2010

If you drive a car, truck or van for work, you'll want to make sure you know the standard mileage rates that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has set for 2010. And remember, these mileage rates are not just used to calculate deductible costs for driving an automobile for business, but also for charitable, medical or moving purposes.

New for 2010

As of January 1, 2010, the standard mileage rates are as follows:

  • Businesses = 50 cents per mile driven
  • Medical or moving = 16.5 cents per mile driven
  • Charitable organizations = 14 cents per mile driven

Note: The 2010 rates are slightly lower than last year's, due to generally lower transportation costs as compared to a year ago.

Make Sure You Qualify

Before you calculate your deduction, make sure you qualify. The IRS reminds taxpayers that they cannot use the business standard mileage rate for a vehicle after using any depreciation method under the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) or after claiming a Section 179 deduction for that vehicle. In addition, the business standard mileage rate cannot be used for any vehicle used for hire or for more than four vehicles used simultaneously.

Additional Option

Although the IRS provides the standard mileage rate for ease and convenience, you're not required to use it. If you prefer, you can calculate the actual costs of using your vehicle instead of using the standard mileage rates.

Most people find that they save money on taxes by working with a tax professional. Contact Tax Advisors if you need any help.

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