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The Internal Revenue Service this week released the 2021 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. 

Beginning Jan. 1, the standard mileage rates for the use of carsvans, pickups or panel trucks will be: 

  • 56 cents per mile driven for business use, down 1.5 cents from the rate for 2020, 
  • 16 cents per mile driven for medical, or moving purposes for qualified activeduty members of the Armed Forces, down 1 cent from the rate for 2020, and 
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations, a rate set by statute that is unchanged from 2020. 

The standard mileage rate for business use 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. 

It is important to note that under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, taxpayers cannot claim a miscellaneous itemized deduction for unreimbursed employee travel expenses. Taxpayers also cannot claim a deduction for moving expenses, unless they are members of the Armed Forces on active duty moving under orders to a permanent change of station. For more details see Moving Expenses for Members of the Armed Forces. 

For the complete IRS announcement, go here.