On November 21, 2012, the IRS announced the standard mileage rates for 2013. Taxpayers can use the optional standard mileage rates to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.
Beginning on January 1, 2013, the standard mileage rates are:
Instead of using the standard mileage rates, taxpayers can use their actual costs but must maintain adequate records and be able to substantiate their expenses.
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.
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