Happy New Year!

Just in time for the New Year, the IRS has released the standard mileage rates for use in 2013 (Notice 2012-72).  Taxpayers can use the optional standard mileage rates to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile.

Business use of an automobile has increased to 56.5 cents per mile.  For medical or moving expenses, it is 24 cents per mile.  For services to charitable organizations, the rate (which is set by statute) is 14 cents per mile.

Rather than using the standard mileage rates, taxpayers may instead use their actual costs if they maintain adequate records and can substantiate their expenses.

For automobiles a taxpayer uses for business purposes, the portion of the business standard mileage rate treated as depreciation is 23 cents per mile for 2013 (unchanged from 2012).

If you have any questions regarding mileage rates or expenses please contact us. Have a happy, healthy, prosperous New Year!!!