IRS Notice 2016-01 was issued on December 17, 2015 announcing the 2016 standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.


Effective January 1, 2016, the business standard mileage rate (including vans, pickup trucks, and panel trucks) decreases from $0.575 per mile to $0.540 and the rate for medical and relocation decreases from $0.230 per mile to $0.190. Mileage related to charity is based on statute and remains at $0.140 per mile.


Summary of Revised Standard Mileage Rates


Type of mileage Effective January 1, 2015 Effective January 1, 2016
Business Standard $0.575 $0.540
Charity $0.140 $0.140
Medical & Relocation $0.230 $0.190


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


A taxpayer may not use the business standard mileage rate for a vehicle after using any depreciation method under the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) or after claiming a Section 179 deduction for that vehicle. In addition, the business standard mileage rate cannot be used for more than four vehicles used simultaneously.


Where Employers can Find More Details


To learn more about Notice 2016-01 go to:


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