The Internal Revenue Service has issued its 2012 optional standard mileage rates that can be used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes. Beginning Jan. 1, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car, van, pickup or panel truck will be 55.5 cents per mile for business activities, 23 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, and 14 cents per mile in service of charitable organizations. The rate for business miles is unchanged from the midyear adjustment that became effective July 1. The medical and moving rate has been reduced by 0.5 cents per mile. The standard mileage rate for business is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile, while the rate for medical and moving purposes is based on the variable costs determined by the same study. 2012 Standard Mileage Rates Mileage Rate Jan. 1- Dec 31 Ministry   55.5 cents Business 55.5 cents Moving 23 cents Medical 23 cents Charitable 14 cents Education Expense (Job related only)     55.5 cents Job Seaching (same occupation)     55.5 cents Motorcycle 48 cents Source: Clergy Financial Resources Clergy Financial Resources is a national accounting and finance organization serving churches and clergy since 1980. They have an unparalleled tax expertise on the complex issues associated with clergy tax law, clergy taxes, clergy compensation and church payroll. Clergy Financial Resources is a valuable resource for clergy, churches and denominations.

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