IRS Raises mileage rate to 48.5 cents

In response to the sharp jump in gas prices, the Internal Revenue Service yesterday said it raised the standard mileage reimbursement rate by 8 cents to 48.5 cents a mile, the single largest increase ever.

The new rate will be retroactive, applying to business travel from Sept. 1 through the end of this year.

Workers who use their vehicles for business can deduct their actual expenses or the standard mileage rate on tax returns. The federal government and many private employers use the IRS rate when reimbursing workers who use their car on the job.

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