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2023 Standard Mileage Rates Announced

Staying ahead of the curve in tax deductions is a priority for every savvy business owner, and keeping up with IRS updates is key. In 2023, revised standard mileage rates have been announced, impacting how businesses calculate deductible automobile expenses. Let’s take a deep dive into these changes and their implications for your company’s finances.

Updated Standard Mileage Rates

Effective January 1st, 2023, the rates are:

  • 65.5 cents per mile for business miles (including depreciation) – an increase from 62.5 cents in the latter half of 2022.
  • 22 cents per mile for medical or moving purposes – unchanged from 2022.
  • 14 cents per mile for charitable activities – unchanged for over 20 years and set by Congress.

Understanding the Rates

The IRS calculates mileage rates based on annual studies of fixed and variable vehicle operating costs. The business rate reflects depreciation, fuel costs, insurance, and other expenses. Medical and moving rates consider variable costs like fuel and repairs. Charitable rates are set by statute.

Key Considerations for Businesses

  • Fuel volatility: Fluctuating fuel prices might make the actual expense method more advantageous, especially for new vehicles. This method involves tracking all car expenses, including fuel, repairs, and depreciation.
  • Tax advantage: The increased depreciation allowance in 2023 could make the actual expense method more attractive for tax deductions.
  • Switching methods: You can switch between standard mileage and actual expense methods annually, but there are limitations.

Limitations and Exceptions

  • If you previously used Section 179, bonus depreciation, or MACRS depreciation for the same vehicle, you cannot use standard mileage rates.
  • The business rate doesn’t apply to vehicles used for hire or if you have more than four business vehicles.

Employer Reimbursements

Employers can reimburse employees using standard mileage rates without triggering tax implications, as long as employees substantiate their business travel.

Tax Law Impact

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act eliminated employee business expense deductions for unreimbursed auto usage from 2018 to 2025. This means employees cannot deduct unreimbursed business miles on their personal tax returns.

Accelerated Write-Offs for SUVs

Certain heavy SUVs qualify for Section 179 expense deduction and bonus depreciation due to their weight, potentially leading to significant first-year tax deductions. However, carefully consider the vehicle’s weight and future tax implications before making a decision.

Seek Expert Advice

Unsure about the optimal deduction method or documentation requirements? Our tax experts can help you navigate these complexities and maximize your deductions.


By understanding the latest mileage rates, expense methods, and tax regulations, you can make informed decisions to minimize your company’s tax liability. Staying informed and consulting with experts ensures you leverage tax-efficient strategies and navigate tax season with confidence.

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