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November 26, 2012

IRS Announces 2013 Mileage Rates

Most travelers will get a penny more per mile.


Last week, the IRS announced the new standard mileage rates for 2013. The reimbursement rate for business mileage increased 1 cent over 2012.

Effective Jan. 1, 2013, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car, van, pickup, or panel truck will be:

• 56.5 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

Full information on these and other changes can be found on the Internal Revenue Service site.

For comprehensive information related to this and other key tax changes for next year, pre-order the 2013 Church and Clergy Tax Guide.

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I'm wondering, is our church restricted to reimbursing volunteers only 14 cents a mile? With the price of gas this amount is inadequate.

Interesting that the amount for volunteers remains 14 cents, only 1/4th of what business mileage is. That's beyond ridiculous! Somewhat of a kick in the teeth, isn't it.

I think the "charitable organization rate" is the amount that one can deduct for unreimbursed mileage driven in support of charitable purposes.

I know that at least one ministry I support reimburses me at the "business rate" of 50+ cents if I ask for it. I usually ask for about 20-25 cents per mile since that covers my our-of-pocket costs.

This has always seemed a gray area to me. Suppose a charitable organization reimburses a volunteer at a rate higher than the charitable rate, but no higher than the business rate.

It seems to me that the IRS would want to treat that as taxable income. But it also seems to me that the volunteer could file that income as Schedule C income, in which case they could deduct their mileage at the business rate, thus offsetting the entire reimbursement.

I'd be interested in feedback on this idea.

It makes no sense. The numbers should be base on the wear on your car, depreciation of your car, and gas. These numbers are no different for business or non-profit. Crazy...

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