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June 2022: IRS Increases Mileage Rate for Remainder of 2022

21 Jun

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Update Applicable to:
All employers with company vehicles.

What happened?
On June 9, 2022, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced an increase in the optional standard mileage rate for the final six months of 2022. Taxpayers may use the optional standard mileage rates to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business and certain other purposes.

What are the details?
For the final six months of 2022, the standard mileage rate for business travel will be 62.5 cents per mile, up 4 cents from the rate effective at the start of the year. The new rate for deductible medical or moving expenses (available for active-duty members of the military) will be 22 cents for the remainder of 2022, up 4 cents from the rate effective at the start of 2022. These new rates become effective July 1, 2022. The IRS provided legal guidance on the new rates in Announcement 2022-13, issued on June 9, 2022.

In recognition of recent gasoline price increases, the IRS made this special adjustment for the final months of 2022. The IRS normally updates the mileage rates once a year in the fall for the next calendar year. For travel from January 1 through June 30, 2022, taxpayers should use the rates set forth in the Notice 2022-03.

“The IRS is adjusting the standard mileage rates to better reflect the recent increase in fuel prices,” 
said IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig. “We are aware a number of unusual factors have come into play involving fuel costs, and we are taking this special step to help taxpayers, businesses, and others who use this rate.” 

While fuel costs are a significant factor in the mileage figure, other items factor into the calculation of mileage rates, such as depreciation, insurance, and other fixed and variable costs. 

The optional business standard mileage rate is used to compute the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business use in lieu of tracking actual costs. This rate is also used as a benchmark by the federal government and many businesses to reimburse their employees for mileage. 

Taxpayers always have the option of calculating the actual costs of using their vehicle rather than using the standard mileage rates.

The 14 cents per mile rate for charitable organizations remains unchanged as it is set by statute.

Mid-year increases in the optional mileage rates are rare—the last time the IRS made such an increase was in 2011.

Mileage Rate Changes

PurposeRates January 1-June 30, 2022Rates July 1-December 31, 2022
Business58.562.5
Medical/Moving1822
Charitable1414

For more information, please see the links below:
IRS Announcement 2022-13

IRS Notice 2022-03

IRS Article

What do employers need to do?
Employers should review the links provided above and may use the optional standard mileage rates to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business and certain other purposes.

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