IRS Announces 2009 Mileage Reimbursement Rates

November 25, 2008

In mid-2008, the IRS hiked the automobile mileage reimbursement rates used to calculate deductible expenses, from 50.5 cents to 58.5 cents. This week the IRS has announced new mileage rates for 2009, and they are a bit less:

Beginning on Jan. 1, 2009, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups, or panel trucks) will be:

  • 55 cents per mile for business miles driven
  • 24 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations

The new rates for business, medical and moving purposes are slightly lower than rates for the second half of 2008 that were raised by a special adjustment mid-year in response to a spike in gasoline prices. The rate for charitable purposes is set by law and is unchanged from 2008.

The business mileage rate was 50.5 cents in the first half of 2008 and 58.5 cents in the second half. The medical and moving rate was 19 cents in the first half and 27 cents in the second half.


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