The IRS announced a decrease in standard business mileage rates for 2020. The new rate is 57.5 cents per mile (down from 58 cents in 2019). The new rate went into effect on January 1, 2020. 

Read the full IRS Notice here.


Centers should update their policies and notify employees that mileage driven on behalf of the center will be reimbursed at the new rate.


Most centers do not reimburse volunteers for mileage driven on behalf of the charity. However, the IRS does allow volunteers to take an itemized deduction of $0.14 per mile driven on behalf of a nonprofit organization. In order to take advantage of this deduction, the volunteer must keep a log of mileage driven and include the total miles multiplied by $0.14 as a deductible charitable expense when they file an itemized tax return.

In light of this update, ECFA has reminded members that under current law, employees are not allowed to deduct mileage that has not been reimbursed by their employer.

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