UHY Advisors: Standard mileage rates for business vehicles decrease for 2020 (US)

20 January, 2020   -   By Luisa Almazan

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The IRS issued notice 2020-5, updating optional standard mileage rates for business a vehicle. As of January 1, 2020, the standard mileage rates of cars, vans, pickups or panel trucks are as follows: 

  • 57.5 cents per mile driven (down half of a cent from 2019) 
  • 17 cents per mile for medical care (a three-cent drop) 
  • 14 cents per mile for miles driven in service of charitable organizations (remains unchanged) 

Remember, under the Tax Cuts and Job Act, taxpayers can’t claim a miscellaneous itemized deduction for unreimbursed employee travel expenses. The same applies for a deduction for moving expenses unless a member of the Armed Forces on active duty and moving under orders to a permanent change of station. 

The standard mileage rate of business use is based on a yearly study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile, The rate for medical and moving purposes depends on the variable costs. Taxpayers also have the option of calculating the actual costs of using their vehicle as opposed to using any depreciation method under the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) or after claiming Section 179 for that vehicle. 

 

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UHY Victor Response to the Spread of COVID-19

UHY Victor is taking action to maintain the health and welfare of our team, our clients and support communal efforts to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

UHY Victor will remain open during this difficult period and client services will continue. We have implemented contingency plans which allow us to continue to operate as we all deal with the spreading pandemic.

In light of the present situation we have introduced the following measures:

  • Our staff and procedures have been structured so that our team can work remotely.
  • Our IT infrastructure and data are protected by cutting edge security systems.
  • To the extent possible, client meetings will be held through web meetings and other remote solutions.
  • Employees who experience the primary symptoms such as fever, cough and respiratory difficulties will work remotely until cleared.
  • Internally, we emphasize the importance of “social distancing”, and have enhanced our internal cleaning and disinfecting protocols.

UHY Victor will continue to monitor the changing situation and, will respond proactively as this major health challenge evolves.

We encourage all to stay informed and to visit the Public Health Agency of Canada COVID-19 site, and follow the guidelines set out by the government of Canada:

  • Now and always during cold and flu season, stay home if you are sick. Encourage those you know are sick to stay home until they no longer have symptoms.
  • Since respiratory viruses, such as the one that causes COVID-19, are spread through contact, change how you greet one another. Instead of a handshake, a kiss or a hug, a friendly wave or elbow bump is less likely to expose you to respiratory viruses.
  • Practice frequent hand hygiene and coughing and sneezing etiquette. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, such as toys and door handles.

For more information on the guidelines of the Government of Canada on how to be prepared for COVID-19: Click here.

 
 
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