What Is the Standard Mileage Rate for 2017?

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What Is the Standard Mileage Rate for 2017?

This article is for the 2017 mileage rate. The IRS has announced the 2018 standard mileage rate.

The IRS announced the new standard mileage rate for 2017. The 2017 mileage rate is important for those who take driving-related deductions.

The 2017 standard mileage rates are:

  • 53.5 cents per mile for business, down from 54 cents in 2016
  • 17 cents per mile for medical/moving, down from 19 cents in 2016
  • 14 cents per mile for charity, the same as in 2016

While the business mileage rate gets most of the attention, you can also write off miles for charity, medical or moving purposes.

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2017 Standard Mileage Rates

YearRate per MileDates Covered
201854.5 cents1/01/18 - 12/31/18
201753.5 cents1/01/17 - 12/31/17
201654 cents1/01/16 - 12/31/16
201557.5 cents1/01/15 - 12/31/15
201456 cents1/01/14 - 12/31/14
201356 cents1/01/13 - 12/31/13
201255.5 cents1/01/12 - 12/31/12
201155.5 cents7/01/11 - 12/31/11
201151 cents1/01/11 - 6/30/11
201050 cents1/01/10 - 12/31/10

The standard mileage rate 2017 is 53.5 cents per mile for all miles of business use (business standard mileage rate). This is a dip from the 2016 standard mileage rate of 54 cents per mile.

There are many factors that go into the standard mileage rate, including the cost of gas. That’s likely why there was a decrease between 2016 and 2017. The IRS will sometimes even change the mileage rate mid-year if gas prices are volatile enough.

What Is the Standard Mileage Rate?

The IRS understands that there is a cost associated with using a personal vehicle for business purposes. You can take a deduction to help offset these costs.

How Can I Claim Mileage On My Tax Return?

To calculate your deduction, you can use the standard mileage rate. Simply multiply your business miles by the standard mileage rate for your deduction. If you drove 10,000 miles in 2017, you’d have a deduction of $5,350 (10,000 x 53.5 cents).

You can also use the actual expense method. But, many find the standard mileage rate to be much easier.

What is The Mileage Reimbursement Rate for 2017?

There is no official mileage reimbursement rate. The federal government doesn’t require businesses to reimburse employees for mileage.

But, some states like California do. Also, businesses often reimburse mileage in order to attract and maintain employees. They often peg their reimbursement rate to the standard mileage rate.

What Is The Mileage Allowance Rate?

The phrase “mileage allowance rate” is often used interchangeably with the “standard mileage rate.” The IRS doesn’t technically provide a mileage allowance rate each year.

It’s pretty simple to use the 2017 mileage rate to calculate your deduction. Multiply your business miles by the rate to arrive at your deduction. For example, the 2017 rate is 53.5 cents per mile and if you drive 10,000 business miles in 2017, your deduction would be $5,350 (10,000 x .535).

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What Expenses Are Included In The Standard Mileage Rate 2017?

To figure out the mileage rate, the IRS factors in things like average gas prices, depreciation and wear and tear. The IRS doesn’t publicize the exact process of determining how it arrives at the rate. It appears as if gas prices factor in to a large degree.

What Records Do You Need For Mileage on Taxes?

The IRS isn’t just going to take your word for your miles. You’re going to need to be able to back up your claims with a mileage log.

The IRS requires you record your beginning odometer reading and:

  • Your mileage
  • The dates of your business trips
  • The places you drove for business
  • The business purpose of your trip.

Additionally, you need to know the total number of miles you drove for business, commuting and personal driving (other than commuting).

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Medical Mileage Rate for 2017

YearRate per MileDates Covered
201818 cents1/01/18 - 12/31/18
201717 cents1/01/17 - 12/31/17
201619 cents1/01/16 - 12/31/16
201523 cents1/01/15 - 12/31/15
201423.5 cents1/01/14 - 12/31/14
201324 cents1/01/13 - 12/31/13
201223 cents1/01/12 - 12/31/12
201123.5 cents7/01/11 - 12/31/11
201119 cents1/01/11 - 6/30/11
201016.5 cents1/01/10 - 12/31/10

You can also potentially deduct mileage that’s related to medical purposes. The 2017 rate for medical rate is 17 cents a mile, a dip from 19 cents in 2016. We’ve put together an article on how you can take advantage of your medical mileage.

Charity Mileage Rate for 2017

The IRS allows you to deduct miles driven for charity purposes. You can deduct 14 cents per mile for charity reasons. This rate hasn’t changed since 1997.

What Does The New Mileage Rate Mean for MileIQ Users?

If you’re already using MileIQ to automatically track, log and calculate the value of your miles, you can rest easy … we have you covered.

Starting in 2017, MileIQ will automatically calculate the value of your drives based on the new standard mileage rates. The leading mileage-tracking app will automatically track your drives in the background and when you classify your drives, the correct mileage rate will be applied. That means your 2017 business drives will properly valued at 53.5 cents per mile, medical/moving miles at 17 cents per mile and 14 cents for every charity mile.

You can also quickly send yourself or your tax professional detailed mileage logs. These will include the time, date, distance of drives, the values based on the new 2017 mileage rates and any additional information you added like the business purpose.

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Marin Perez

Marin Perez

Marin has been writing about how technology improves lives for about a decade. He's excited to see how entrepreneurs are using tools like MileIQ to be more successful. When not working, he's thinking about his next trip.
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MileIQ’s blog does not constitute professional tax advice. You should contact your own tax professional to discuss your situation.