How to account for employees’ auto travel expenses

Rising costs are prompting business owners to be more creative in their business operations. One such area is in how employers compensate their employees for expenses related to business travel. Standard mileage The most common way of reimbursing employees for business travel is by applying the IRS business standard mileage rate. This is the most […]

Traveling for business again? What can you deduct?

As we continue to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be traveling again for business. Under tax law, there are a number of rules for deducting the cost of your out-of-town business travel within the United States. These rules apply if the business conducted out of town reasonably requires an overnight stay. Note […]

Standard business mileage rate decreases again for 2021

The optional standard mileage rate used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business has decreased in 2021 by one-and-one-half cents, to 56 cents per mile. As a result, you might claim a lower deduction for vehicle-related expenses for 2021 than you could for 2020 or 2019. This is the second year […]

Tax-smart domestic travel: Combining business with pleasure

Summer is just around the corner, so you might be thinking about getting some vacation time. If you’re self-employed or a business owner, you have a golden opportunity to combine a business trip with a few extra days of vacation and offset some of the cost with a tax deduction. But be careful, or you […]

Higher mileage rate may mean larger tax deductions for business miles in 2019

This year, the optional standard mileage rate used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business increased by 3.5 cents, to the highest level since 2008. As a result, you might be able to claim a larger deduction for vehicle-related expense for 2019 than you can for 2018. Actual costs vs. mileage […]

Standard mileage rates to increase in 2019

The standard mileage rate for business travel is increasing in 2019 by more than 3 cents per mile. Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, the standard mileage rate for transportation or travel expenses is 58 cents per mile, up 3.5 cents from 2018 when it was 54.5 cents per mile. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act suspended […]