On December 14, 2017, the Internal Revenue Service issued the 2018 standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.
Beginning on Jan. 1, 2018, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups, or panel trucks) will be:
- 54.5 cents per mile for business miles driven
- 18 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes
- 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations
The business, medical and moving rates will increase one cent from the 2017 rate. It is possible that the medical and moving expense deductions will be affected by the pending tax reform legislation. The charitable rate is based on statute and remains the same.
The standard mileage rate for business is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile. The rate for medical and moving purposes is based on the variable costs.