The Internal Revenue Service is recognizing the increasing costs of transportation and has revised the rate that taxpayers can use for deducting business-related travel expenses. For miles driven between July 1 and December 31, 2008, the new rate is 58.5 cents per mile, up 8 cents from the rate used for the first half of this year.
I would expect businesses that reimburse their employees for miles driven will follow suit.
This method for deducting travel expenses from travel is only one option. If you like, you could track all of your travel expenses, including gasoline and tolls, but it’s much simpler to keep track of the miles you drive and use the rate determined by the IRS.
IRS Increases Mileage Rates through Dec. 31, 2008, Internal Revenue Service, June 23, 2008.