Dec 14, 2009

IRS Lowers Standard Mileage Rates for 2010

The IRS announced the 2010 standard mileage rates for the use of a car (including a van, pickup, or panel truck). Effective January 1, 2010, the standard mileage rates are:
50 cents per mile for business miles driven 
16.5 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes 
14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations 

The 2010 rate for business miles is lower than the rate that was in effect for 2009, which was 55 cents per mile. According to the IRS, the lower rate for business use of a vehicle for 2010 reflects "generally lower transportation costs compared to a year ago," such as the cost of gasoline.
Self-employed people can choose either the standard mileage rate with the rate set annually by the IRS or they can calculate their actual costs of operating a business vehicle. There are certain restrictions on using the standard mileage rate however. You must use that method the first year you use the vehicle in your business, and you can't have claimed accelerated depreciation deductions or have taken any Section 179 deductions for the vehicle.