2017 Standard Mileage Reimbursement Rates
The Internal Revenue Service has issued its 2017 optional standard mileage rates. Effective January 1st, 2017, the IRS standard rate will be 53.5 cents per mile driven for ministry or business purposes (The new rate is down from 54 cents per mile for 2016 because of lower gas prices. ). Use of this rate is optional, though it is widely seen by churches as a simple way to determine a standard rate for calculating mileage reimbursement for employees who use their personal vehicle for ministry or business purposes. If your organization uses the IRS rate to calculate mileage reimbursement, be sure to update your systems to account for this change.
Clergy always have the option of claiming deductions based on the actual costs of using a vehicle rather than the standard mileage rates.
When a church owns the vehicle driven by a staff member and uses the vehicle for personal use, the value must be added to their W2 income. Personal use is any use which is not ministry related. Commuting is considered personal use. The individual is required to log their mileage and provide the church with a statement showing the ministry/business miles driven and the total miles driven.
Click here to learn more about the changes to ministry, professional, medical, moving and charitable mileage rates.
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