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IRS Raises Mileage Rate to 55.5 Cents

1 min readBy: Joseph Bishop-Henchman

Reversing a previous hint that they oppose mid-year increases due to logistical challenges and other complications, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced today that the optional standard mileage rate will rise to 55.5 cents per mile, an increase of 4.5 cents, effective July 1, 2011.

From the press release:

TaxA tax is a mandatory payment or charge collected by local, state, and national governments from individuals or businesses to cover the costs of general government services, goods, and activities. payers may use the optional standard rates to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business and other purposes.[…]

“This year’s increased gas prices are having a major impact on individual Americans. The IRS is adjusting the standard mileage rates to better reflect the recent increase in gas prices,” said IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman. “We are taking this step so the reimbursement rate will be fair to taxpayers.”

While gasoline is a significant factor in the mileage figure, other items enter into the calculation of mileage rates, such as depreciationDepreciation is a measurement of the “useful life” of a business asset, such as machinery or a factory, to determine the multiyear period over which the cost of that asset can be deducted from taxable income. Instead of allowing businesses to deduct the cost of investments immediately (i.e., full expensing), depreciation requires deductions to be taken over time, reducing their value and discouraging investment. and insurance and other fixed and variable costs.

Mileage Rate Changes


Rates 1/1 through 6/30/11

Rates 7/1 through 12/31/11