The Federal Mileage Reimbursement is a sum of money that the IRS reimburses taxpayers for using transportation for business operations, charity, moving, or even medical purposes. There are specified rates for each purpose, frequently changing to account for inflation and costs associated with fuel, insurance, licenses, and car upkeep.
What is the Federal Mileage Rate in 2022?
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) determines the mileage rate using the national average for fixed and variable transportation costs. They take into account costs for maintenance, fuel, and other things.
Currently, the mileage rate set by the IRS is as follows:
For business purposes: 58.5 cents
For medical purposes: 18 cents
For relocation purposes: 18 cents
For charitable purposes: 14 cents
What are Things Covered by The Federal Mileage Rate?
The Federal Mileage Reimbursement is applicable for the following expenses:
For the vehicle's fuel
Costs for the vehicle's maintenance
Protection for the car
For the car lease
However, it does not cover the following:
Parking fees for the vehicle
Company vehicle usage expenses
Who are Eligible to Receive Federal Mileage Reimbursement?
The following are eligible to receive Federal Mileage Reimbursements:
Those who are self-employed.
Medical and healthcare-related errands, for instances where the bill exceeds 10% of one's gross income.
When volunteering for a charitable organization
Relocation expenses, especially for military personnel
Role of Employers and Employees in Federal Mileage Reimbursement
It is a common practice for employers to reimburse employees for business-related travel expenses, even though doing so is not mandated or required by law in any way.
Their reimbursement amounts for the employee may be lower than the rate established by the federal government. However, they are responsible for ensuring that the rate they offer, once adjusted, does not result in the employee receiving a wage that is lower than the applicable minimum wage.
Again workers are obligated to supply their employers with specifics such as the event's date, time, reason, and location. In addition, they are obligated to give their employers any additional reimbursement they have been given.
How to Calculate Federal Mileage Reimbursement Amounts?
The simplest way to calculate your transportation costs is to multiply the miles you've driven for work-related purposes and eligible reasons by the Internal Revenue Service's set per-mile rate. You must keep records of the mileage spent related to your business.
The rules about business mileage deductions can be hard to understand, especially if you run many vehicles for your business, just bought a new car, or leased the car you want to deduct mileage. On the IRS website, you can find more details.
Example: Suppose John made weekly visits to supervise and inspect his company's manufacturing plant on the outskirts of their state. On each of these trips, he had to travel 42 miles on each complete trip.
So, considering a 4-week month, John made four complete trips. So the total no. of miles John traveled is:
So, according to the current laws, John will receive 168 X 58.5 = $98.28