The Internal Revenue Service has announced the new standard mileage rates for 2018. Starting on January 1, 2018, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car, van, pickup, or panel truck will be:
- 54.5 cents for every mile of business travel driven, up 1 cent from the 2017 rate
- 18 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, up 1 cent from the 2017 rate
- 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations
Pastors and church staff members who drive their personal vehicles for church-related business (visitations, special events, etc.) can be reimbursed if they properly track their miles—or they may be able to calculate a deduction for their annual tax returns.
For more on reimbursements of transportation expenses and other key tax changes that affect you and your ministry, order the Church and Clergy Tax Guidetoday.
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