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Monthly Archives: December, 2017

  • IRS Announces 2018 Standard Mileage Rates

    Optional Rates Are Increased From 2017

    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued the 2018 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical, or moving purposes.

    2018 Standard Mileage Rates
    Beginning on January 1, 2018, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups, or panel trucks) will be:

    • 54.5 cents per mile for business miles driven (up 1 cent from 2017)
    • 18 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes (up 1 cent from 2017)
    • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations (unchanged from 2017)

    Taxpayers always have the option of calculating the actual costs of using their vehicle rather than using the standard mileage rates.

    Limitations on Use of Standard Mileage Rates
    A taxpayer may not use the business standard mileage rate for a vehicle after using any depreciation method under the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System or after claiming a Section 179 deduction for that vehicle. In addition, the business standard mileage rate cannot be used for more than four vehicles used simultaneously.

    IRS Notice 2018-03 contains additional information about mileage rates.

    For more on employer-provided transportation benefits, please see our section on Fringe Benefits.

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  • Lower Taxable Maximum Takes Effect in January

    The Social Security Administration (SSA) this week announced a change to the maximum amount of earnings subject to the Social Security tax (taxable maximum) in 2018, which it had previously announced in October. The new amount for 2018 is $128,400, up from $127,200 in 2017, and takes effect in January.

    SSA’s October announcement had set the 2018 taxable maximum at $128,700. The agency attributed the change to corrected W-2s provided to SSA in late October.

    Click here to read the SSA announcement in its entirety.

    To learn more about Social Security benefits, please visit our section on Social Security.

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