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IRS Issues 2015 Standard Mileage Rates for Business, Medical and Moving.
(Parker Tax Publishing December 23, 2014)

The IRS issued the 2015 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Notice 2014-79.

Beginning on January 1, 2015, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:

57.5 cents per mile for business miles driven;

23 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes

14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations

While the business rate increased by 1.5 cents, the medical, and moving expense rates decreased one-half cent from the 2014 rates. The charitable rate is a fixed statutory amount that does not change from year to year.

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.

Taxpayers have the option of calculating the actual costs of using their vehicle rather than using the standard mileage rates. A taxpayer may not 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 Code Sec. 179 deduction for that vehicle. In addition, the business standard mileage rate cannot be used for more than four vehicles used simultaneously.

These and other requirements for a taxpayer to use a standard mileage rate to calculate the amount of a deductible business, moving, medical, or charitable expense are in Rev. Proc. 2010-51. Notice 2014-79 also contains the amount a taxpayer must use in calculating reductions to basis for depreciation taken under the business standard mileage rate and the maximum standard automobile cost that a taxpayer may use in computing the allowance under a fixed and variable rate plan.

For a discussion of the rules relating to the use of the standard mileage rate, see Parker Tax ¶91,110. (Staff Editor Parker Tax Publishing)

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