IRS Mileage Rate 2022

The Internal Revenue Service sets the standard mileage rates for business and medical/moving. The rates are subject to a change every year with the exception of the charity mileage rate as it’s fixed by Congress. Due to the major changes that were brought with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 that run through 2025, the charity mileage rate is anticipated to remain the same.

While the medical/moving standard mileage rate has its uses, the most important rate is for the businesses for the overwhelming majority of the people. It’s really hard not to use a vehicle for your business operations. Given Americans drive over 13,000 miles every year and considering that a large portion of it is for business, the standard mileage deduction is a major plus for all. Plus, you don’t even need to itemize deductions to claim the business mileage deduction.

Update: The IRS mileage rate is set at 58.8 cents per mile for business, 18 cents per mile for medical and moving purposes, and 14 cents per mile for service of charitable organizations.

Business Mileage Rate 2022

For the time being, the mileage rate for businesses is 56 cents. As soon as the IRS updates the rates for the 2022 tax year, we’ll keep you updated. 

The IRS generally releases the inflation adjustments towards the end of the year, at around mid-December. 

Business mileage deduction calculator

The formula for calculating business mileage deduction based on the standard mileage method is fairly simple. All you need to do is multiply the number of miles driven with the mileage rate. Here is an example:

10,000 miles driven for business operations with the mileage rate being 56 cents. This equals a deduction of $5,750. While this deduction could be enough for the most, you should always calculate your actual expenses. You can either claim a deduction for your actual expenses or based on the standard mileage rate. Make sure to calculate both deductions and claim the one that reduces your taxable income the most.

Frequently asked questions about business mileage deduction

Do I need business car insurance to claim mileage?

Having business insurance on your vehicles can reduce the cost of your monthly premiums significantly, but claiming the mileage deduction has nothing to do with the type of insurance you have. You don’t need to have business vehicle insurance to get the business mileage deduction. As long as the vehicle is operated for business purposes, you can claim the deduction.

What tax form do I need to use to claim mileage?

Use Schedule C, Profit or Loss From Business to claim the mileage deduction. You will see ‘information about your vehicle’ in Part IV of Schedule C. Enter the information you have and calculate the mileage deduction you deserve.

How to track miles driven for business?

If you’re using a vehicle solely for business, it’s quite easy to calculate the number of miles driven for business, but not so much when you have only one vehicle for both personal and business uses. Figure out the number of miles driven for personal use and subtract it from the rest of the miles you drove to come up with the business miles. You can also use a sheet to figure out miles driven or mileage tracking software for accurate results. 

Medical/Moving Mileage Rate 2022

The medical/moving mileage rate has two different purposes, as the name suggests. You can claim a deduction for your medical driving expenses whether you operate the vehicle yourself or not. The expenses of cabs and public transportation is also deductible. The standard mileage rate for medical/moving is 16 cents per mile.

For moving expenses, not everyone is eligible for the deduction. Only those who are a member of the United States Armed Forces can deduct their moving expenses, and even that is not for every situation. So, a member of the Armed Forces cannot deduct moving expenses whenever he or she moves to a new place. Only the moving expenses related to a permanent change of station are deductible. Whether it’s moving household goods for themselves or hiring a house mover company, the expenses are deductible.

What medical mileage is tax deductible?

Using your personal vehicle for going to medical appointments including dialysis, taking shots, anything related to your health is deductible. You can claim 16 cents per mile driven for medical-related operations of your vehicle.

How is medical mileage calculated for taxes?

Figure out the total number of miles driven and multiply it by the standard mileage rate for medical. For the current tax year, 16 cents per mile. Before doing that though, make sure to calculate your own expenses as it will help you understand which deduction to claim on taxes.

Who can claim medical mileage deduction?

Anyone that has a medical-related transportation costs can claim mileage. But, for medical reasons like plastic surgery or cosmetic purposes are not covered under this.

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