Milage Rates

Standard Mileage Rates for 2018

As mentioned in Notice 2018-03, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car, van, pickup or panel truck for 2018 remain:

  • 54.5 cents for every mile of business travel driven, a 1 cent increase from 2017.
  • 18 cents per mile driven for medical purposes, a 1 cent increase from 2017.
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations, which is set by statute and remains unchanged.

The standard mileage rate for business is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile. The rate for medical purposes is based on the variable costs.

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 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.

Mileage Rates

The following table summarizes the optional standard mileage rates for employees, self-employed individuals, or other taxpayers to use in computing the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical, or moving expense purposes.

Period Rates in cents per mile Source
Business Charity Medical
Moving
2018 54.5 14 18 IR-2017-204
2017 53.5 14 17 IR-2016-169
2016 54 14 19 IR-2015-137
2015 57.5 14 23 IR-2014-114
2014 56 14 23.5 IR-2013-95
2013 56.5 14 24 IR-2012-95
2012 55.5 14 23 IRB-2012-02
July 1 – Dec. 31, 2011 55.5 14 23.5 IR-2011-69
Jan. 1 – June 30, 2011 51 14 19 IR-2010-119
2010 50 14 16.5 IR-2009-111
2009 55 14 24 IR-2008-131
July 1 – Dec. 31, 2008 58.5 14 27 IR-2008-82
Jan. 1 – June 30, 2008 50.5 14 19 IR-2007-192
2007 48.5 14 20 IR-2006-168
2006 44.5 14 18 IR-2005-138
2005 40.5 14 15 IR-2004-139
Pub. L. 109-73
IR-2005-99
2004 37.5 14 14 IR-2003-121
2003 36 14 12 Rev. Proc. 2002-61
2002 36.5 14 13 Rev. Proc. 2001-54
2001 34.5 14 12 Rev. Proc. 2000-48
2000-2 C.B. 570
2000 32.5 14 10 Rev. Proc. 99-38
1999-2 C.B. 525
1999 31 14 10 Announcement 99-7
1999-1 C.B. 306
Rev. Proc. 98-63
1998-2 C.B. 818
1998 32.5 14 10 Rev. Proc. 97-58
1997-2 C.B. 587
1997 31.5 12 10 Rev. Proc. 96-63
1996-2 C.B. 420