Monday, December 12, 2011

IRS Issues Guidance for 2012 Milage Rate

The IRS has issued guidance (Notice 2012-01) providing the 2012 standard mileage rates for taxpayers to use in determining the deductible costs of operating a car for business, charitable, medical, or moving expense purposes.

The rate for the business use of an automobile is 55.5 cents per mile, the rate for the charitable use of an automobile is 14 cents per mile, and the rate for using an automobile for medical or moving purposes is 23 cents per mile. The guidance also provides the amount taxpayers must use in calculating a basis reduction for depreciation taken under the business standard mileage rate and provides the maximum standard automobile cost that may be used in calculating the allowance under a fixed and variable rate plan. The guidance is effective for applicable expenses, allowances, or reimbursements that are paid or incurred after December 31, 2011.

The IRS requested comments in previous guidance (Notice 2010-88) on whether taxpayers should be allowed to use the business standard mileage rate for cars used in fleet operations. After considering one comment, and in light of the limited number of comments, the IRS won't change the current limitation on fleet operations.