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Standard Mileage Rates for 2018

The IRS announced an increase in the optional standard mileage rates for 2018 (effective for expenses paid or incurred on or after January 1).  Taxpayers may use the optional standard rates to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business and other purposes. The IRS normally updates the mileage rates once a year in the fall for the next calendar year.

The College has adopted the optional standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) as follows:

  • 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 standard mileage rate for business is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile, including depreciation, insurance, repairs, tires, maintenance, gas and oil. The rate for medical and moving purposes is based on the variable costs, such as gas and oil. The charitable rate is set by law.


*Taxability of moving reimbursements have changed as of 01/01/2018.  Additional guidance will be posted soon.

Last Updated: 1/9/18