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What are the standard mileage rates?

SOLVEDby TurboTax2615Updated December 23, 2021

The standard mileage rates are:

 Miles Driven for:    2021 rate
(cents per mile)
    2020 rate
(cents per mile)
Business 56 57.5
Medical or Moving16 17
Charitable purposes 14 14

To take the standard mileage deduction for business, you can't:

  • Operate more than five or more vehicles at the same time, as in a fleet operation
  • Claim a depreciation deduction on the car (other than the straight-line method)
  • Claim a Section 179 deduction on the car
  • Claim a special depreciation allowance on the car
  • Have claimed actual expenses after 1997 for a leased car

To use the standard mileage rate for a car you own, you must choose to use it in the first year the car is available for use in your business. Then, in later years, you can choose to use the standard mileage rate or actual expenses.

For a car you lease, you must use the standard mileage rate method for the entire lease period (including renewals) if you choose the standard mileage rate.

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